Ofsted praises “effective action” at Queen’s Hill Primary in Costessey

Queen's Hill Primary School in Costessey has received praise from an Ofsted inspector.

Queen's Hill Primary School in Costessey has received praise from an Ofsted inspector. - Credit: ©Archant Photographic 2009

The leaders of a primary school have been praised for their 'effective action' to tackle areas Ofsted told them to improve last summer.

Head teacher Penny Sheppard at Queen's Hill Primary at Costessey. Photo: Bill Smith

Head teacher Penny Sheppard at Queen's Hill Primary at Costessey. Photo: Bill Smith

Inspector Julie Winyard carried out a monitoring visit at Queen's Hill Primary School, in Costessey, on January 19, and said it had 'made a good start at addressing the key issues for improvement'.

Headteacher Penny Sheppard said: 'It's lovely it has been recognised that we are moving in the right direction, and things are improving.'

She said the school had extended a successful reading project to maths, encouraging children to do a maths activity at home four times a week.

She said: 'That could be on a computer programme, or putting on a times table CD. It might be playing snap, or counting stairs as they go to bed. We are trying to raise the profile of maths, and give it the same status reading has.'


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In her letter, the inspector said: 'You have put in place several programmes that are beginning to raise pupil achievement in English and mathematics, for example the very popular breakfast club for Year 6 pupils, which has almost 100pc take-up. After breakfast the pupils work on improving their basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics.'

Lucy Challen, 11, said that this year the barriers for Year 6 to overcome had been raised, and the breakfast club had helped.

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She said: 'First of all we have breakfast, and then we go into the learning hub and do extra revision, like maths and more literacy. It helps a lot because there is a teacher on each table, so you have more time to ask them questions.'

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