Ofsted praise for Avenue Junior School, Norwich, after securing big improvements in boys’ writing

Avenue Junior head teacher Debbie Dismore Picture: James Bass

Avenue Junior head teacher Debbie Dismore Picture: James Bass - Credit: Evening News © 2010

A junior school has been praised for the 'exceptional' opportunities it gives students to participate in music and sport by inspectors who judged it to be 'good' across the board.

The Ofsted report means that Avenue Junior School, Norwich, retains the 'good' ranking it received in its previous inspection.

In her report following a visit on October 23-24, lead inspector Valerie Palmer said that for the last three years attainment in reading and writing at the end of year six was above average, and average in maths.

She praised the proportion of students achieving higher levels in reading and writing as 'much greater than the national picture'.

She wrote: 'Writing is (a) strength of the school. An above average proportion of pupils in 2012 met or exceeded the progress expected of them in the national tests and a concerted effort last year to encourage even greater skills in boys writing has culminated in vastly improved provisional results in 2013.'

Headteacher Deborah Dismore said: 'Boys' writing is quite an issue nationally. We have used things like drama. We try to make the curriculum as exciting as possible to give them a real purpose in writing.

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'Our boys' results have really risen over the last year and standards are high.

'It's always difficult to get boys to write from a young age. They have got to have a purpose.'

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The report also highlighted 'a rich music tradition at the school', where more than 200 pupils have access to instrument tuition. The school has string, wind, concert and soul bands and four choirs, and all children have singing training.

The report said the school needed to raise the quality of teaching, and pupils' achievement, in maths.

Mrs Dismore said the school was getting parents more involved and was using its outstanding maths teachers to help those with less confidence.

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