Glowing praise across the board for Little Melton Primary School in outstanding Ofsted report

Students and staff at Little Melton Primary School celebrate their outstanding Ofsted result. Pictur

Students and staff at Little Melton Primary School celebrate their outstanding Ofsted result. Picture: Little Melton Primary School - Credit: Archant

'Sophisticated teamwork' and a broad curriculum have brought a village primary school glowing praise from inspectors.

Little Melton Primary School has been rated outstanding across the board by Ofsted after a two-day visit at the end of March.

The grading - secured in five different categories - is an improvement on the school's previous rating of good.

Inspectors praised headteacher Alex Pritchard, who joined the school in September 2012, saying he has 'extremely successfully' inspired his team to give pupils a high-quality education.

A report published after the visit added: 'The team demonstrates a strong sense of common purpose and works very effectively to ensure impressive consistency in the quality of teaching and learning across the school.

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'Sophisticated teamwork is a strength of this school, as demonstrated by the staff and the pupils.'

Particular praise was given to the school's varied curriculum, which inspectors said underpins success in teaching.

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'Pupils benefit from very many extra-curricular activities and enriching experiences that enhance their education,' the report said. 'For example, the French café where pupils served their parents conversing in French, and visits from an Antarctic scientist to pupils who were learning about this region in geography, provide memorable and exciting learning opportunities.'

Inspectors said it was 'impressive' that by the end of year six, pupils have made rapid progress in core subjects as well as boasting well-developed 'investigative, creative, ICT and research skills'.

They said pupils were 'polite and courteous', both in and out of school.

Mr Pritchard said: 'We are particularly delighted that Ofsted recognised the strength of the teamwork across the school, the breadth of the curriculum and the very high standards of care for the children.

'The school has also been extremely well supported by its local community and this has undoubtedly played an important part too.'

To improve further, inspectors said the curriculum in history, geography and science could be developed in some years to give pupils the chance develop subject-specific skills.

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