Village primary school gives Ofsted plenty to applaud
09:49 07 January 2014
A small village primary school has maintained its “good” ranking and given Ofsted inspectors plenty to applaud.
Ludham Primary School and Nursery in the heart of Broadland garnered many positive comments following its latest visit from the education watchdog.
The 109-pupil school achieved “good” across all five categories leaving inspectors pointing the way towards an “outstanding” result next time.
Headteacher Heather Delf said: “I’m pleased that Ludham Primary School and Nursery is recognised as being a good school with well-behaved, hardworking children and supportive staff and governors. Our parents and carers also contribute greatly to the positive ethos and success of the school.”
The report says teachers plan interesting lessons and engage and motivate pupils.
They in turn “think hard”, make good progress in a range of subjects, and especially in science where they are encouraged to find things out for themselves.
Overall there is a “very positive climate for learning” where high quality is valued and expected and children are very appreciative of the help they receive from teachers.
In lessons pupils concentrate well, are confident and independent and present their work neatly.
There are opportunities to expand their skills in music, art and sports and children are said to enjoy school.
They are particularly proud of their uniform with “proper ties”. The curriculum is said to be “broad and interesting”.
The report says the headteacher reviews the progress of every pupil at half-termly meetings and if anyone is falling behind additional support is promptly allocated.
The school is smaller than most primary schools even though it has grown in size by over a third in the last three years.
Inspectors noted that the small number of pupils in year six meant that national test results were affected by a handful of children.
Most did well, over half reaching level five in reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation and therefore exceeding national expectations.
To improve further, the school will continue to focus on driving up writing standards and ensuring that every child reaches their full potential.