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“We are outstanding” - John of Gaunt school in Aylsham receives top marks in its latest Ofsted report.

PUBLISHED: 09:44 19 March 2014 | UPDATED: 09:44 19 March 2014

John of Gaunt Infant and Nursery School outstanding Ofsted result. Pupils with, left, headteacher, Fiona Chant and right, school secretary, Christine Welfare.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

John of Gaunt Infant and Nursery School outstanding Ofsted result. Pupils with, left, headteacher, Fiona Chant and right, school secretary, Christine Welfare. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

The small school was rated outstanding in all areas by inspectors who said pupils had a thirst for learning, and “persevere to do their best”.

The headteacher of John of Gaunt Infant and Nursery School in Aylsham was praised for her “pivotal role” in building the school’s success in its latest “outstanding” Ofsted report.

The small school was rated outstanding in all areas by inspectors who said pupils had a thirst for learning, and “persevere to do their best”.

Headteacher Fiona Chant, who was praised for leading by example, said the school was at the heart of Aylsham.

She said: “The children just love learning and are a real delight to teach.

“The fantastic support of families and a great team at John of Gaunt have all been instrumental in ensuring that children are the best they can be.”

The five-class school had further improved on its previous inspection in 2010 when it was rated good, the second highest rating.

The latest report, published this week, highlighted the pupils’ excellent preparation for the next stage in education, and their good reading habits.

Inspectors, led by Robert Greatrex, said: “Staff know their pupils exceptionally well and almost always see their differing needs are met.

“Parents are very supportive of the school and share a close working relationship with staff which greatly benefits pupils.”

“Pupils who need 
additional support are nurtured and the school looks to remove any barrier that inhibits them from making similar progress to their peers.”

To improve further, the report suggested the school should aim to extend pupils’ speaking skills and ensure the small number of youngsters who struggle with maths are as well supported as those who find English difficult.

Gavin Watson, chairman of governors at the school, said he was delighted with the result.

He said: “To achieve outstanding in all four key areas is reward for all the hard work and dedication shown by the whole school community, our children, headteacher, staff, governors and parents.”

Youngsters at the school have built relationships with children in schools abroad.

Each week the pupils save their “kindness pennies” which are used to buy toys or school equipment for Mnarani School in Kenya and Pongro School in Cambodia.

■ Have you got a successful school story in north Norfolk? Email sabah.meddings@archant.co.uk

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