Ofsted confirms Kinsale Infant School remains “good”
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An infant school has been praised as a 'warm and welcoming place' in an Ofsted report that confirmed its 'good' rating.
Inspector Maria Curry said Kinsale Infant School, in Hellesdon, had maintained a good quality of education since its last inspection in March 2011.
In a letter to headteacher Louise Robinson, following her visit on June 14, she wrote: 'Since the last inspection standards in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 2 have been consistently above the national average, and particularly high in reading and mathematics.
'This is because you share a common ambition for all pupils and maintain a keen focus on pupils' achievement in these subjects.'
The report added that teacher know pupils well and enjoy positive relationships with them, and highlighted 'work to further improve the standard of writing, which has had a positive impact'.
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She also praised pupils for behaving 'exceptionally well'.
Miss Robinson said: 'We are really pleased with the outcome of the inspection, considering the higher expectations within the new Ofsted framework.
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'All the staff work very hard with our children, and I think the report accurately reflects that.'
Asked about the work to further improve writing, she added: 'We have been relentless in terms of the things we have put in place to improve writing. We have a really strong focus on modelling writing in school, and excellent teaching of phonics [which is used to teach the letters of the alphabet, and the sounds they make].
'We have embedded our writing expectation in all subjects.'
The letter added: 'Pupils appreciate the steps you have taken to enrich the curriculum, for example through trips and visitors to the school.'
Miss Robinson said this was 'really crucial', and fundamentally based on children's interests.
She said: 'We give equal importance to all subjects, not just English and maths, although they do run though all the subjects.'
The letter gave two next steps for the school, including 'ensuring pupils achieve as well in other subjects as they do in reading, writing and mathematics'.