Celebrations over Long Stratton primary school’s report

St Marys School in Long Stratton are celebrating a good OFSTED.Headteacher Alison Cullum and Chair o

St Marys School in Long Stratton are celebrating a good OFSTED.Headteacher Alison Cullum and Chair of Govenors Diane Perry-Yates. Picture Sonya Duncan - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

There is a party mood at a village primary school after it was rated good by inspectors – two years after it was told it required improvements.

St Mary's Church of England Junior School in Long Stratton has been rated as good by Ofsted for its overall effectiveness following an inspection on October 12 and 13.

The inspection looked at the effectiveness of leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare and also outcomes for pupils at the south Norfolk school.

Ofsted rated all four areas as good.

Its report said: 'The leaders of the school have a clear vision for school improvement. All their energy is focused on making sure pupils do their best.


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'As a result pupils' outcomes have improved in reading, writing and mathematics since the last inspection and are continuing to improve.'

The report added: 'The curriculum is interesting and exciting and takes accounts of pupils' interests.

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'Pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good.'

Headteacher Alison Cullum said: 'The school is very pleased that Ofsted, carrying out a challenging and rigorous two-day inspection, agreed with the school's self evaluation of 'Good' in every area.'

Ofsted said the school could improve by further developing the effectiveness and impact of all middle leaders in teaching and learning, ensuring teachers' feedback should be consistently helping pupils and extending problem-solving and reasoning in mathematics and other subjects.

In November 2014 an inspection ruled the school as required improvement – a decision that was challenged by St Mary's.

Are you celebrating an Ofsted success? Email anthony.carroll@archant.co.uk

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