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Four schools in and around Norwich celebrate after holding onto good rating

PUBLISHED: 17:25 01 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:25 01 May 2018

Magdalen Gates Primary School pupils celebrate their good Ofsted result.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Magdalen Gates Primary School pupils celebrate their good Ofsted result. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

A quartet of schools in the Norwich area have held onto their good ratings from an education watchdog.

Magdalen Gates Primary School pupils celebrate their good Ofsted result.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYMagdalen Gates Primary School pupils celebrate their good Ofsted result. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Four schools in and around the city were visited by Ofsted in the same week at the end of March, with all having been given its good rating - its second highest - in 2013 or 2014.

It includes Magdalen Gates Primary, where headteacher Cara Fahy was told she and the leaders had navigated a time of “considerable change” since the last visit in 2013, but had “responded rapidly to these challenges”.

The report said parents were “very pleased with the quality of education”, and added: “You have exceptionally strong systems in place to ensure that all pupils are safe.”

At Spixworth Infant, inspected the day before Magdalen Gates, headteacher Heidi Jordan was told the school “cares for the whole child”.

“This is reflected in the emphasis you give to developing pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding,” inspectors said. “For example, pupils’ consider ‘big questions’ in philosophy such as 
what it means to be truly happy.”

They said teachers have “highly positive relationships with pupils”.

Schools rated good are usually only given short inspections by the watchdog in future, to check the status is maintained. But after inspectors “identified some priorities for improvement”, they told two schools their next inspections would be full ones. It does not detract from their good rating.

At Tunstead Primary, headteacher Melissa Mitchell, who Ofsted said provides “energetic and determined leadership”, was told relationships at the school are “warm” and “older and younger pupils play together harmoniously”.

And at Avenue Junior, headteacher Mike Hooper was told parents and carers were “overwhelmingly positive” about the level of care given by school staff.

Inspectors said governors had a “wholehearted commitment to providing a rich and varied education”, and praised the school’s “strong safeguarding culture”.

They said leaders’ work was reflected in pupils’ “thoughtful and considerate behaviour”.


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