Norwich primary school praised for behaviour improvements

A Norwich primary school has been praised for responding quickly to criticism from Ofsted inspectors and improving the behaviour of its pupils.

Larkman Primary School was handed a notice to improve in September 2010 but the school's most recent inspection has stated it is no longer required and praised the behaviour, progress and learning of the school's pupils.

In the latest inspection, Ofsted found Larkman Primary was 'improving quickly'.

Particular praise was given to pupils, with inspectors saying behaviour was good, sometimes exemplary, and that pupils were polite, attentive and helpful.

Headteacher Alison Clarke said: 'We are thrilled that Ofsted has recognised the significant improvement we have made over the last year. This has been a committed team effort from staff, governors, parents and pupils.

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'We are particularly pleased that Ofsted has singled out our pupils as one of our strengths. Their enthusiasm and effort deserves recognition and is testament to the efforts of our teaching staff who are helping them to make the most of their learning and enjoy their time at school.

'Inspectors said our pupils were proud of their school and we are equally proud of them.'

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Inspectors also found that attendance levels among the school's 301 pupils were improving.

Other areas of praise included the schools 'imaginative and extensive curriculum', the improvements in teaching, the effective governing body and the care, guidance and support offered to pupils.

Alison Thomas, cabinet member for Children's Services at Norfolk County Council, said: 'I would like to congratulate Larkman Primary School on its fantastic progress in such a short space of time.

'The school now has very many strengths and it is particularly pleasing to see pupils' behaviour and progress singled out for praise.'

The previous report had found that the standards of education pupils were leaving the school with at the end of year six was 'well below national averages'.

But this time inspectors found 'very clearly that standards are improving across the school'.

Marcus Hemsley, county councillor for the Larkman area, added: 'This report is testament to the hard work of everyone involved with the school.

'It is brilliant to see the school working so closely with parents to support children's learning and it is clear that the school is giving its pupils access to a well-rounded education, both academically and in the extra-curricular activities on offer.'

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