Suffield Park Infant School in Cromer celebrates good Ofsted

Head Jackie Bradford and pupils at Suffield Park Infant School celebrate it's"good" rating after the

Head Jackie Bradford and pupils at Suffield Park Infant School celebrate it's"good" rating after the latest Ofsted report.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Teachers, governors and parents at a coastal school are 'bowled over' after Ofsted inspectors gave it a good rating.

The Suffield Park Infant School in Cromer came out as good in all five main areas.

It was visited on January 29-30 by Ofsted officials who were being inspected themselves on how they judged schools.

A highlight of the report said: 'Classrooms are a place of joy; enthusiastic adults help motivate pupils to learn and the positive relationship between both ensures that no learning time is lost.'

Headteacher Jackie Bradford said: 'We are delighted at such a glowing report. Ofsted recognise our strengths and the fact it said our classrooms are a place of joy is wonderful.


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'It is such a good report because the Ofsted inspectors were being inspected themselves so it was a tough time.

'We were expecting a good report because we felt we were teetering on outstanding. We set our standards high here. We are always striving to be outstanding.'

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The school was not rated as outstanding because:

?Work was sometimes not hard enough for the most able pupils or they were left waiting too long for the next piece of work.

?Not enough opportunity is taken to strengthen the links between the school and day care.

Mrs Bradford, who has been headteacher for five years, said the level of work for high ability students was being addressed as were the links between the infant and nursery school.

This included the reception year leader talking more with the deputy manager of the school's adjoining nursery.

The report said by the end of year 2 pupils reached standards in reading, writing and maths that were well above the national average.

It also praised the 'excellent care' from staff which allowed children to thrive and express themselves without 'fear of failure'.

There are 215 children aged four-seven in the infant school and up to 150 children aged six weeks-old to four-years-old can be cared for at the nursery.

The school was previously visited by Ofsted in 2010 and rated as good but the inspection framework has changed since then.

To view the full report visit www.reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/120908Has your school recently been inspected by Ofsted? Email martin.george@archant.co.uk

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