Cringleford CE VA Primary School rated outstanding by Ofsted inspectors

Neil Henery, head at Cringleford primary school.; Photo: Bill Smith

Neil Henery, head at Cringleford primary school.; Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Archant � 2011

Children are thriving at a Norfolk village school according to Ofsted inspectors.

The inspection at Cringleford CE VA Primary School, which took place last month, has resulted in the school being awarded an outstanding rating across all five areas including outcomes for pupils and early years provisions.

Headteacher Neil Henery said the children were 'very pleased' with the result which is an improvement for the school after it was rated as good following an inspection in 2012.

The inspectors highlighted the effective leadership at the school, the childrens' positivity and a consistently high quality of teaching.

The report stated: 'Leaders are continually striving to improve the school and their recent track record gives confidence in their capacity to continue doing so. Since the previous inspection, the quality of teaching has become consistently highly effective. As a result, the school now has a track record of pupils attaining and progressing significantly above the national average by the end of key stage 2.'

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The report drew attention to the pupils' passion for learning stating that 'any instances of teachers needing to manage behaviour are rare and, where it is necessary, the school's policy is used quickly, quietly and effectively.'

Mr Henrey, who has been headteacher at the south Norfolk school since 2011, said of the report: 'It feels great that the inspectors think that we are doing a really good job.

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'The children were also very pleased and I think sometimes people forget that children do take pride in their school so it was great for them.'

Inspectors also praised the wide variety within the curriculum which they said helped 'pupils learn to look out for the needs of others, both in and out of school.'

Fundraising events such as the Norwich Food Bank, The Gambia twinning school and Street Child of Sierra Leone were highlighted as prime examples of this.

Mr Henrey added: 'It was very pleasing to get recognition for the enriched curriculum we offer and the other key point for us was the excellent communication between students and adults.'

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