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Flitcham Primary School, on the Royal Estate in Norfolk, rated “outstanding” by Ofsted

Staff and pupils at Flitcham Primary School are celebrating their recent outstanding Ofsted inspection. Picture: Ian Burt

Staff and pupils at Flitcham Primary School are celebrating their recent outstanding Ofsted inspection. Picture: Ian Burt

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A tiny primary school on the Royal Estate has been rated “outstanding” by education watchdog Ofsted.

Inspectors visited Flitcham Primary School, in Church Road, last month. And their report states: “This is an outstanding school because highly effective teaching ensures that pupils make rapid progress so that their achievement is outstanding.

“Since the last inspection, the headteacher and her staff have relentlessly pursued ongoing improvements in the use of assessment, planning, communication with parents and carers and the use of resources for younger pupils.”

Teaching was almost always outstanding, the inspectors said. They added attainment has risen and is “impressively” above average in reading and maths. The behaviour of Flitcham’s 52 pupils, who are aged from four to 11, was also singled out as “outstanding” by the inspection team, along with leadership and management at the school.

“Pupils love learning,” their report said. “Their highly positive attitudes are a very significant factor in their success, they show great determination to help each other produce their very best work.

“Younger and older pupils regularly work together on whole-school projects and this demonstrates how well they get along with each other.”

Headteacher Angela Eden said it was “a fantastic report”.

“We are absolutely thrilled,” she said. “It confirms what we already know, that our children have a real love of learning and we provide the best possible learning opportunities at Flitcham.

“I am incredibly proud of everyone at Flitcham - it is a privilege to work in such a buzzing, happy, successful school.”

Sam Simms, vice chair of governors at the school, said: “We are incredibly proud of our fabulous school, we are extremely pleased that the high standards of teaching and the achievements of all the children have been recognised.

“Our excellent head and teachers work tirelessly to meet every child’s and the children make outstanding progress in all areas.

“Our parents are fully supportive and recognise the good progress their children are making at Flitcham school. It’s a pleasure to be part of such a wonderful, forward thinking school.”

The school was given one target by the inspectors - raise attainment in writing to match that in reading and maths. Less than 15pc of primary schools are ranked as outstanding.

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