Roughton primary school celebrates good Ofsted inspection

Headteacher of St Mary's Primary School, Roughton, Polly Kossowicz. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Headteacher of St Mary's Primary School, Roughton, Polly Kossowicz. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

A headteacher has said the 'sky is the limit' for a rapidly improving village school.

St Mary's Primary School in Roughton, near Cromer, was judged as good following an Ofsted inspection by Robert Greatrex on July 3 and 4.

It was labelled as satisfactory by school watchdogs after an inspection in May 2010.

Headteacher Polly Kossowicz, from Wells, started at the school in Easter last year and said the school was 'not in a good place' when she arrived.

Since the previous inspection, the teaching staff and governors have changed and there are now two teachers and eight governors for the school, which has two classes and 48 pupils.

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Mrs Kossowicz said: 'It [the good Ofsted report] is to do with the people. A school is not a good school without good teachers and staff. The way we work together is as a team and we pull together.

'I'm very positive because the inspector said there was no reason why we could not be outstanding at the next inspection. Things have moved forward quickly.

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'We are going to continue working on pupils' achievement, writing and in particular, embed policies to improve teaching and planning. The sky is the limit.'

She added that it was very satisfying to see an improvement in the school in such a short time period.

The report said: 'Parents, governors, staff and pupils all agree the catalyst for recent improvements is the new headteacher. One parent said: 'It is as if the school has been sprinkled with stardust.''

It added: 'In reception, children make good progress because they are catered for much better than at the time of the last inspection. They have a good balance of adult-led activities and those they choose for themselves.'

Another problem highlighted in the 2010 inspection was maths and changes have allowed an improvement in results for that subject.

The inspector said the school was not outstanding because teachers did not always check that pupils understood what was being taught; some tasks were not interesting and the pace of learning dropped; and the teaching and learning policy was not clear enough to help staff improve.

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