“Pupils are extremely well cared for” - Ofsted report praises West Earlham Junior School
07:00 15 February 2016
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The headteacher of a junior school that inspectors have praised as “good” in all areas has said work to improve pupils’ confidence has been a key to its success.
Ofsted said West Earlham Junior School is “a happy and safe environment” in report due to be published later this month, following an inspection on January 26-27.
It highlighted how children make “much better” progress in maths and writing, from their starting points, than the national average, and that “pupils demonstrate kind, polite and diligent attitudes” because they are taught to apply ‘learner values’ such as aspiration and resilience.
Catrin Parry-Jones, who became head in 2012, was praised for her “very clear and caring vision for the school”, and said: “It says that we are just serving our children and our community well, and actually giving the children the opportunities they deserve, because they are fantastic and they are just constantly surprising us with their skills and ability.
“It’s celebrating the fact that everything we have put in place for our children to succeed, the children have lived up to it.”
The school was previously rated “requires improvement” in 2013, and asked about the change since then, Miss Parry-Jones said: “I think the biggest things have been about developing the mindset within the children, and that they can achieve, and developing the skills and doing philosophy and a lot of critical thinking. It was really about changing the children’s ability to think and take on things and improve their levels of confidence.”
The report said: “Pupils at West Earlham Junior School are extremely well cared for, very effectively taught, and achieving increasingly good outcomes.”
It added: “School leaders and governors ensure that all pupils and families receive excellent support and communication. As a result, attendance to school has significantly improved, and pupils are greatly enjoying their time at school.”
The report praised maths teaching as “particularly impressive”, and Miss Parry-Jones said an important part of this was giving children real-life situations where they could use their problem solving skills.
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