Dussindale Primary School praised for creating calm environment

A school which creates a calm environment for pupils to learn in has retained its 'good' rating following a visit by inspectors.

Dussindale Primary School, in Norwich, was deemed by Ofsted to be performing well in all areas from pupils' achievements and the quality of teaching, to behaviour and leadership.

In their report, inspectors said: 'Pupils make rapid progress because adults create a calm, purposeful working ethos which is based on their knowledge of the pupils and the warmth of their relationships with them.'

Inspectors were impressed with pupils' above-average attendance, the focused learners and the high morale among staff. They highlighted the school's ability to target support well to meet pupils' needs – from challenging high achievers to helping a child to catch up.

Inspectors felt the school was well placed to carrying on improving


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In a letter to pupils, lead inspector Roderick Passant said: 'You make good progress in your work and achieve well. This is because you have skilled teachers. They have high expectations of what you can achieve. Adults know how well you are doing and this helps them plan lessons which support and challenge you well. They care about you a great deal. You told us they were helpful and we agree with you.'

The school was asked to work on accelerating pupils' progress by ensuring the pace of learning does not drop in classes, setting targets to allow children to take responsibility for their learning, and making sure pupils knew what they were expected to learn at the start of each lesson.

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