Good rating for Watton infant school

Pupils at a Watton infant school get an excellent grounding in the 'three Rs' according to inspectors.

Westfield Infant and Nursery, on West Road, was assessed by Ofsted following a visit last month.

The school was given a 'good' rating with particular praise offered for the progress made by children in reading, writing and mathematics.

In their report, inspectors said: 'This is a good school where pupils are respected and well cared for within a friendly and cheerful environment.

'Almost all pupils make good progress during their time in school, and many make rapid progress developing the core subject skills of reading, writing and mathematics.'

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The school's 203 children are well behaved and seem to enjoy their time in class, where they get to enjoy music activities, take on responsibilities and make the most of opportunities to learn outdoors.

But inspectors said they would like to see pupils given a more active role in their learning – working out how they can improve and getting involved in how lessons are run.

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In a letter to pupils, lead inspector Judith Dawson said: 'We would like you to sometimes decide for yourselves how to organise your work, and what you would like to learn about so that you can use your skills in ways that interest you most. We are sure that, this way, you will enjoy your learning even more.'

Staff have also been asked to improve the way they self-evaluate and focus monitoring of teaching on how to improve pupils' progress. Inspectors believe it will boost the school's capacity for improvement – which is currently considered satisfactory.

Watton Westfield Infant and Nursery School is currently under the leadership of acting headteacher Lorna Crowdy following the retirement of the previous headteacher in January.

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