Pupils celebrate good Ofsted report at Scarning Primary School

Pupils from Scarning Primary School jump for joy over their good Ofsted report, with head teacher Grahame Chambers. Picture: Matthew Usher. Pupils from Scarning Primary School jump for joy over their good Ofsted report, with head teacher Grahame Chambers. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Monday, July 7, 2014
4:53 PM

Hard work paid off for staff and pupils after inspectors gave a school a good grading.

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Scarning Primary School, near Dereham, had been told it needed to improve after a previous report and Ofsted saw the improvement had been made when it visited in May.

Headteacher Grahame Chambers said the result was down to the children.

He said: “It is down to the children. They really are fired up.

“It is not just what the teachers are doing with the children, they want to do well.

“We are very lucky they are a fantastic group, an absolute pleasure to teach.”

The school has 260 pupils enrolled and that will increase to 290 next year.

The challenge Mr Chambers faces is keeping forward momentum as the school gets larger.

He said: “The challenge is to keep that village school ethos as we grow and grow.

“Now we are good we are looking to the next thing and that is to be outstanding and that is what we are intending to do.

“We have go the momentum so we need to keep going. The facilities we have here are just fantastic.”

Mr Chambers was quick to praise Norfolk County Council’s Norfolk to Good and Great scheme and other schools in the area.

He said: “We are a feeder school to two high schools, Northgate and Neathered, who are very supportive.

“We think we have got some very good SATs coming and it will be partly down to them.

“The Norfolk to Good and Great is having a huge impact.

“We are able to glean best practice from other schools, see what they are doing well and do it here.”

In his report lead inspector Nick Butt said teaching had improved rapidly and was now consistently good.

He added that pupils had a positive attitude to learning and felt safe in school.

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