Peterhouse Primary School out of special measures

An east Norfolk primary school is celebrating today after Ofsted removed it from special measures and praised its good leadership, teaching and behaviour.

Inspectors said that in some classes at Peterhouse Primary School learning and progress were proceeding at a much faster rate than would be expected.

They said the school had good capacity for sustained improvement and that standards in Key Stage 2 this year were likely to be close to or exceed the national average.

The school was placed in special measures last March and has taken 14 months to be removed from the Ofsted category. In that time the school has worked to raise levels of achievement and promote improved attendance and behaviour.

Inspectors said: 'Since the last inspection, improvements in the quality of provision have meant that pupils' low attainment on entry to school no longer inhibits their learning. Progress is increasing quickly in all year groups.

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'In class, pupils' attitudes to learning are now much improved. They are proud of their achievement and are developing higher expectations for themselves as well as improved confidence in their own abilities.

'The arrangements for pupils' care, guidance and support are well-organised and effective. They make a strong contribution to pupils' learning, and the school is able to point to striking examples of pupils for whom barriers to learning have been removed so that they can succeed.'

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Ofsted said teaching, quality of learning, progress, attendance and behaviour were all good and that students felt sage and adopted healthy lifestyles.

Care, guidance and support for pupils were also judged good, as was the leadership and management of teaching and learning.

Martin Scott, headteacher of Peterhouse Primary School, said: 'We are thrilled with Ofsted's findings and that inspectors feel we have good capacity to improve even further.

'We have a fantastic new building and everyone at the school is enthusiastic and committed to making Peterhouse a happy and effective place to teach and learn.

'This achievement has been made possible because of everyone's determination to support school improvement – staff, pupils and parents and carers.'

Norfolk County Council created an Interim Executive Board to help lead the school following the 2010 inspection and has been providing support.

Alison Thomas, cabinet member for Children's Services at Norfolk County Council, said: 'I would like to congratulate the staff and pupils at Peterhouse for bringing about these changes in such a short space of time.

'The school now has very many strengths and pupils' progress has been praised throughout the report.'

'I'm sure that the new building will help to boost children's achievements even further, giving the school much to build on in the coming months and years.'

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