Dersingham Primary and Nursery is still a good school, says education watchdog Ofsted

PUBLISHED: 14:15 09 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:15 09 February 2018

Dersingham Primary School and Nursery. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Dersingham Primary School and Nursery. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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A village primary school continues to provide pupils with a good education, says the schools watchdog.

Ofsted inspector Nick Butt visited Dersingham Primary School and Nursery last month.

In a letter to head teacher Gayle Platt, he writes the school has maintained the good quality in the school since the last inspection.

“Your passion for the pupils’ education and the commitment of staff mean that pupils have rich learning experiences that enable them to make good progress,” he adds.

“Pupils are very positive about the varied and stimulating curriculum they receive. The school’s exceptional learning environment fosters curiosity and celebrates learning.

“For example, the long corridor is a visual feast depicting in three dimensions a timeline from the dinosaurs to the space age, featuring costumes, street scenes and pupils’ work. This helps to give pupils a good understanding of the tide of history flowing through their land.”

Mr Butt says leaders and governors manage the school’s split site “highly effectively”, going out of their way to reduce the inconvenience for parents and carers.

He adds: “Children get off to a very strong start in the early

years because the staff understand their needs extremely well and create a calm and inspirational place for them to work and play.

“Pupils have very positive attitudes to learning and a real voice. In particular, the pupil governors who make up the learning council feed into the school’s monitoring procedures through making regular observations of teaching and learning across the school.

“In classrooms, pupils show respect to one another and their teachers, work hard and enjoy learning.

“The fact that work is tailored to their needs and interests them means that they are enthusiastic and willing to have a go.”

Mr Butt says as its next step, the school should ensure pupils remain on track to achieve standards in phonics which are in line with national averages.

He adds it should also work to impress upon families the importance of attendance, so that it rises above the national average.

His report states that attendances at the school have been “below average” for the last two years.

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