Celebrations as Recreation Road Infant School in Norwich retains ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating

Serena Dixon, head, and Michael Bunting, deputy head, celebrate their outstanding Ofsted with some o

Serena Dixon, head, and Michael Bunting, deputy head, celebrate their outstanding Ofsted with some of the Recreation Road Infant School pupils and cupcakes. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2014

Pupils at an infant school are celebrating after it retained its top 'outstanding' rating in its first Ofsted inspection for five years.

Serena Dixon, head, and Michael Bunting, deputy head, celebrate their outstanding Ofsted with some o

Serena Dixon, head, and Michael Bunting, deputy head, celebrate their outstanding Ofsted with some of the Recreation Road Infant School pupils and cupcakes. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2014

Inspectors said high standards at Recreation Road Infant School, in Norwich, had been sustained since the last inspection in 2009, with pupils' attainment significantly above the national average for reading, writing and maths for the past six years.

The report on the 355-pupil school said: 'The curriculum encourages pupils to become independent, inquisitive learners and many make outstanding progress.' It added: 'Teachers show great respect for their pupils; relationships in classrooms are fun, warm and trusting.'

The inspectors, who visited on October 8-9, also praised the school's reaction to a drop in the proportion of pupils reaching the expected standards in phonics – the sounds that letters make – in 2013; urgent action meant that by 2014 the proportion had risen significantly.

Headteacher Serena Dixon said: 'We are extremely proud of the work we do at Recreation Road and constantly endeavour to improve the opportunities for our children. We enjoy the daily company of enthusiastic, creative and talented children and adults and this report celebrates the successes that we have achieved using a rich and inquiry based curriculum.

Recreation Road Infant School. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Recreation Road Infant School. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2014


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'It firmly acknowledges all the hard work of the staff, governors, parent-helpers and children in our school.'

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