Upwell Primary School, near Downham Market, rated “good” by Ofsted inspectors

Upwell Community Primary School

Upwell Community Primary School - Credit: Eastern Counties Newspapers

A west Norfolk school has been rated as good in the latest Ofsted report.

Upwell Community Primary School, on School Road, was rated satisfactory at its previous inspection in 2009 but inspectors found the school had shown improvement.

The report from lead inspector Andrew Read praised the school's headteacher, James McBurney, as having a good understanding of the schools strengths and weakenesses and also praised the governors for providing the necessary support to improve the school.

Mr Read also added that the school made good use of outside areas to help foster pupils' interest in learning and said that pupils with special educational needs made good progress.

Mr McBurney, who has been at the school since 2011, said he was pleased that the schools' progress had been recognised.


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'We are really proud and delighted with how everything has gone,' he said. 'It is a deserved result for all the effort that everyone has put in.

'The focus of our most recent staff meeting was where we need to go to be an outstanding school.

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'We are confident we can go forward and make it into an outstanding school. Everybody, parents, teachers and governors, has been really supportive and it will require an effort from all of us.

'From my point of view it is particularly pleasing as quite a lot of the things the report has highlighted have been what we have been working on as part of our vision of the school.'

The school is currently attended by around 140 pupils aged between 4 and 11.

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