Queen’s Hill Primary “requires improvement” - but inspectors praise reading

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

A primary school serving a growing but transient community has been told it 'requires improvement' by Ofsted.

In a report published today, Queen's Hill Primary School in Costessey was told its leadership, quality of teaching, and achievement of pupils need to improve, but the behaviour of pupils and early years provision were 'good'.

It said: 'Although leaders have successfully raised expectations for what pupils can achieve this year, they have not yet done enough to ensure that teaching is good throughout the school and that all groups of pupils are making good progress.'

The school, which opened in September 2008 with 29 pupils, has continued to grow year on year, to 342 now, but the report noted many pupils join partway through a key stage or academic year.

Headteacher Penny Sheppard, who was praised for her dynamic leadership, said that, as it grows, the number of new children arriving was having less of an impact.


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The report said reading was a 'significant strength' of the school, and added: 'This year staff have inspired pupils to read more regularly and to read more complex books, supported by a system of rewards and productive work with the school librarian.'

Mrs Sheppard said: 'The Ofsted team recognised that we are on a journey as a school. We are here for the long haul not quick fixes. For the last two years we have been focussing on improving the attainment of reading in the school and this has paid dividends.

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'We are currently focussing on improving attainment in maths whilst keeping the momentum of our strategies to improve reading going. We have a great team of leaders and teachers who are well placed to continue our upward trend of achievement.'

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