Primary school celebrates after praise from inspectors

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Sunday, April 6, 2014
9:00 AM

The headteacher of a primary school in north Norfolk has said she is “pleased” after its rating was boosted to good in its latest Ofsted report.

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Neatishead Church of England Primary School, of School Road, was rated good by inspectors, who found pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development outstanding - praising how they showed “considerable care for one another”.

Headteacher Karen Dukes said: ““We are pleased. It shows that the inspectors recognise the massive improvements and the buzz and energy we have here.

“We want to do better and more and we are striving to achieve the ultimate accolade.”

The 10-page report published on March 28, highlighted improved pupil progress, good behaviour in class and around school and above average attendance. It also praised the quality of leaders’ teaching and also the support from teaching assistants.

The report said: “Teachers know how well pupils are doing and what they need to improve on next. They use this information to plan activities at just the right level to help pupils lean quickly.

“The early teaching of letters and sounds to young pupils helps them to quickly learn to read and write.

“Disabled pupils and those who have special education needs achieve well and are making good progress.

“Pupils known to be eligible for free school meals achieve well.”

Inspectors said the school fell short of achieving an overall outstanding rating because pupils “are not fully attentive in all lessons and marking does not provide enough guidance so that pupils can move on rapidly in their learning”.

It also said pupils do not yet make “consistently outstanding progress in reading, writing or mathematics in key stage 2”.

But teaching standards were praised as “good” and the report highlighted pupils leaving with reading and writing skills the equivalent of around 18 months ahead of the national average in 2013.

Mrs Dukes, who has been headteacher at the school for four years, said: “It all sounds very good and shows we are moving from strength to strength and the school is moving forward.

“We’ve been told now that we just need to keep doing what we are doing and sustaining that over a long time.”

Mrs Dukes is also headteacher of Salhouse Voluntary Controlled Primary School, which also maintained a good rating in December 2013.

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7 comments

  • It has come to something, when a school performing no to the lowest expectation, is deemed worthy of an article in the press.

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    theanchovy

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • What rubbish Fly Tipper....doesn't hint at RI at all but does allude to Outstanding.....however, much easier to rubbish schools as you constantly do than acknowledge success.

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    Sportswagon

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • At least when the school is shut because it is too expensive to run, the teachers can be reasonably proud.

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    Rhombus

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • ......"What this report states is that the sch is close to outstanding".....no it doesn't. The report lists where the school is failing its pupils, and it looks to me that the school has a huge task ahead to raise standards. On balance I would say the school is borderline goodrequires improvement. No celebrations needed today.

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    Rhombus

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • ....."What rubbish Fly Tipper".....I like it.

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    Rhombus

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Meaning what exactly Anchovy?? What this report states is that the sch is close to outstanding which is very worthy of reporting. It seems whatever schs do someone is always there to rip into them......

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    Sportswagon

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • I wonder how offend Theanchovy reads the local newspapers? as our local papers are regularly updating us on the state of our local schools, and what the Ofsted reports are saying about them.

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    Hugh

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

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