Praise for Burnham Market Primary’s “smiling staff”

Burnham Market Primary School have been given a 'Good' rating by Ofsted. Head teacher Rachel Stroulg

Burnham Market Primary School have been given a 'Good' rating by Ofsted. Head teacher Rachel Stroulger with pupils at the school. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Every teacher has a smile on their face, at a primary school which has received a 'good' rating from education watchdog Ofsted.

Burnham Market primary School was judged 'inadequate' less than two years ago.

But inspector Robert Greatorex, who visited the 123-pupil primary last month, said in his report: The headteacher is an outstanding leader. Under her decisive and highly effective leadership, the school has made considerable progress since the previous inspection.

'Staff always have a smile on their faces. This conveys itself to pupils who bring the same positivity to lessons. Relationships between staff and pupils are strong and this is beneficial to learning.'

Mr Greatorex said staff training was effective and morale is high. He added most parents were positive about the school.


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Head Rachel Stroulger was just a year into her first head-ship when the 123-pupil school was rated 'inadequate' by Ofsted. She said since then, staff had injected 'a true love of learning' into the classroom.

'All the staff are very welcoming, they really do all have a smile on their faces,' she added.

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'That feeds into the relationship with pupils, it's a learning culture where we're all moving forward tgether.

'We have a very strong team ethos. I also believe you have to lead from the front. I'm also very determined. I absolutely believed we could move this school forward.'

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