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'Caring and supportive' Norwich infant school sweeps the board in glowing Ofsted report

PUBLISHED: 06:32 15 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:30 15 November 2017

Staff and pupils at West Earlham Infant School celebrate the school's recent Ofsted result.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Staff and pupils at West Earlham Infant School celebrate the school's recent Ofsted result. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2017

The community behind a "caring and supportive" Norwich infant and nursery school are celebrating a glowing inspection report.

Fred the reading frog and pupils at West Earlham Infant School celebrate the school's recent Ofsted result.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYFred the reading frog and pupils at West Earlham Infant School celebrate the school's recent Ofsted result. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

West Earlham Infant and Nursery School, on Scarnell Road, was told it is outstanding across the board by Ofsted inspectors after a visit at the start of October.

Inspectors said leaders shared “exceptionally high expectations” of pupils, and praise was given to headteacher Binks Neate-Evans’ “strong moral purpose to secure the very best for her pupils”.

They praised pupils’ “exemplary” behaviour, the school’s “caring and supportive” environment and school governors’ clear vision.

“The headteacher’s vision of a strongly inclusive school where every pupil achieves their very best has been embraced by pupils and staff,” they said. “This has led to all pupils, regardless of individual need or starting point, feeling safe and achieving outstanding results.”

In particular, the watchdog noted the school’s investment in teacher assistant training and its focus on healthy living.

The report said: “Children in reception are taught how to brush their teeth properly and this is built into their daily routine at school. School meals are nutritious and pupils take regular exercise.”

The school was originally told it was outstanding in 2008, but was given a good rating - Ofsted’s second highest grading - in 2013.

Mrs Neate-Evans said she “couldn’t be happier” with the latest outcome.

Staff and pupils at West Earlham Infant School celebrate the school's recent Ofsted result. Picture: ANTONY KELLYStaff and pupils at West Earlham Infant School celebrate the school's recent Ofsted result. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

“The team here are really strong and inclusive, and we have always tried to be outstanding for our community, rather than working to be outstanding for Ofsted,” she said.

“We came at it from a very principled position in that our starting point was always the children’s needs, and we are delighted Ofsted has recognised that.”

It was a report which saw praise come from every angle - Ofsted said staff were “unanimously” proud to work there, parents described the school as “brilliant” and pupils told inspectors “we love our school”.

“Our pupils are fiercely loyal and conducted themselves brilliantly during the inspection,” Mrs Neate-Evans said. “And the comments about staff morale were a lovely surprise for me to read. I was really pleased.”

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