Improving Norwich school given ‘good’ report by Ofsted inspectors

Old Catton Junior School headteacher Ashley Best-White. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Old Catton Junior School headteacher Ashley Best-White. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

Staff at an improving north Norwich school are celebrating following an Ofsted inspection which has judged the school as 'good' across the board.

Old Catton Junior School was inspected by Ofsted last month and the subsequent report has praised its teaching, leadership and the progress and behaviour of pupils.

The report described the Church Street school as a school where 'standards are improving' and pupils' learning is 'well-planned' in a range of subjects.

Improvements were also noted in pupil attendance and inspectors commended staff and governors for 'correctly focusing on bringing about more improvement to the quality of teaching and pupils' achievement'.

Ofsted said that pupils were 'keen to learn' in lessons and that their behaviour and relationships with staff were good, adding 'They learn to listen to others and respect their comments.'

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The inspectors also noted 'the headteacher has a clear vision for the school's future'.

Ashley Best-White, headteacher of Old Catton Junior (pictured), said: 'This report reflects the consistent hard work done by staff, governors, pupils and parents over the last few years, so naturally I'm delighted.

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'To hear that we're doing well across the board is great but it was particularly pleasing that inspectors noted that our pupils are proud of their school and recognised the positive learning environment in our classrooms.

'There is a great sense of community at our school and this proves that we're moving in the right direction.

'Our next challenge is to improve on this standard to become an outstanding school.'

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