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Wymondham primary school gets ‘outstanding’ report

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:37 23 July 2018

Ashleigh Primary School have their very own farm on school grounds which includes a polytunnel, chickens and some lambs who are visiting for a couple of weeks, they are writing a newspaper article about the farm and hold a press conference with teachers to get their opinions.. 
Bronwen Nelson, Daniel Anderson, Louie Rae and Caleb Matthews
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Ashleigh Primary School have their very own farm on school grounds which includes a polytunnel, chickens and some lambs who are visiting for a couple of weeks, they are writing a newspaper article about the farm and hold a press conference with teachers to get their opinions.. Bronwen Nelson, Daniel Anderson, Louie Rae and Caleb Matthews Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

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A primary school and nursery has been judged outstanding in all areas by Ofsted.

Ashleigh Primary School pupils, eight-year-olds Maggie Johnson, left, and Eila Johnson, with their maple Class' work on the emotion hate, in the PATHS (promoting alternative thinking strategies) art exhibition at Wymondham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYAshleigh Primary School pupils, eight-year-olds Maggie Johnson, left, and Eila Johnson, with their maple Class' work on the emotion hate, in the PATHS (promoting alternative thinking strategies) art exhibition at Wymondham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Ashleigh Primary School and Nursery in Wymondham was inspected on June 13 and 14.

The report highlighted how the school has improved while also managing the change from a 180-place infant school to a primary and nursery school of 520 over three years.

The school has expanded and developed its site, with 12 additional classrooms, a new hall and a new library all part of the change.

It is part of Norfolk County Council’s £169m investment in new and extended schools to create enough school places for children in growing communities.

Julie Harrison, lead inspector, wrote in the report: “The inspirational headteacher, ably supported by governors and other school leaders, successfully drives a culture of high expectations, enabling pupils to do their best.

“Senior leaders and governors have managed the expansion to become a primary and nursery school exceptionally well.”

Another source of praise was the school’s unusual on-site farm, which the report said provides “excellent opportunities for pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding across many subjects”.

The school holds a farmers’ market to help finance the farm, which the report said develops pupils’ entrepreneurial skills and understanding of commerce.

Headteacher Sam Nixon said: “At Ashleigh, throughout all of the changes in recent years, we have always focused on the fact that we are one team working towards the same goal – the best possible outcomes for all children.

“I am incredibly proud of what our hardworking staff, children and whole school community have achieved and that it has been recognised by Ofsted.”

The report also highlighted the pupils’ behaviour as exemplary in the classroom.

Melissa Marfeet-Collins, chairman of governors, said: “As a governing body we are incredibly proud.

“The children are a credit to the school.”

Parents spoken with during the inspection and in an Ofsted online questionnaire expressed overwhelming support.

The only suggested improvement was to “ensure that teachers have consistently high expectations for pupils’ presentation of their work”.

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