West Earlham Infant School judged “good” with “outstanding” features by Ofsted

West Earlham Infants School headteacher Binks Neate-Evans

West Earlham Infants School headteacher Binks Neate-Evans

A primary school has been judged 'good' with 'outstanding' features following its latest Ofsted inspection.

West Earlham Infant School's report, which followed a two-day visit at the start of July, saw the school drop from the top 'outstanding' category it was placed in in 2009.

The inspectors praised headteacher Binks Neate-Evans, who joined the school in 2011, for her 'inspirational leadership', which had brought about 'rapid improvements in teaching and pupils' achievement'.

The school was judged 'outstanding' for the behaviour and safety of students, and leadership and management, while pupils' achievement and teaching were declared 'good'.

The report said pupils have very low starting points but make good progress to reach average standards by the end of key stage one.

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The report also praised very quick improvements in reading after a change in how it is taught.

However, the inspectors said the school was not 'outstanding' because pupils' standards in writing, while good, lag behind those in reading and maths, while pupils do not self-assess.

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Mrs Neate-Evans said: 'The report recognises the hard work and commitment of lots of people, not least the outstanding behaviour of our fantastic children.'

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