Seaside primary school gets Ofsted glowing ‘good’

Winterton Primary School is celebrating after notching up a "Good" in all four main categories follo

Winterton Primary School is celebrating after notching up a "Good" in all four main categories following its latest Ofsted inspection. It had previously been rated as "satisfactory." - Credit: Archant

Ofsted inspectors have painted a near-perfect picture of life and learning in a small seaside primary school.

Winterton Primary School cast off its 'satisfactory' tag with a triumphant flourish this week to receive glowing 'goods' across all four key areas following its latest two-day inspection last month.

Pupils at the 84-pupil school were handed a clutch of 'excellents' for the support they give each other and their ability to work by themselves.

Elsewhere in the report they are said to be 'fully focused' on their work which is at the right level of difficulty for them because teachers know them well.

The report states: 'Pupils' attitudes to learning are consistently positive. They love coming to school and are happy to be there because lessons are interesting and fun for them, so they approach their work with enthusiasm and excitement. All pupils conduct themselves courteously and have good manners. They are polite and respectful to each other, adults and visitors.'

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Meanwhile girls and boys of different ages are said to play harmoniously with each other and can explain the difference between falling out and bullying.

In a statement the school said: 'Since receiving a 'satisfactory' judgement in November 2011, the school has been working tirelessly to ensure that more progress is made and that effort has been rewarded with a 'good' judgement in all four areas: achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils, and leadership and management.'

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Headteacher, Richard Endall, said: 'I am extremely gratified that the immense efforts that have been made by staff and governors since the last Ofsted have been recognised by the inspector. The whole process was very positive,' he added. 'The comments made about our children are also very true.'

Chair of Governors, Marie Hartley, said: 'This has very much been a full team effort resulting in an encouraging and well-deserved improvement.'

She added: 'Having worked hard to achieve the required improvements identified in 2011, the school community will now be making every effort to move the school further forward towards our ultimate aim of an 'outstanding' judgement.'

The school was told that attendance had nudged above the national average because pupils like to be in school to learn with their friends, and arrive eagerly and on time each morning.

However, to improve further pupils' handwriting and presentation needs to be neater, with some children making mistakes because they couldn't read their own handwriting.

Also pupils need to be more aware of how to keep safe on the Internet and teachers need more opportunities to observe other good and outstanding teachers.

Overall though achievement has risen in English and maths to levels above national expectations, with all pupils making good progress in all the four mixed-age year groups.

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