Great Ellingham Primary School given improved Ofsted rating

A Norfolk primary school has improved its Ofsted rating from satisfactory to good following its latest inspection last month.

A report from Heather Yaxley, an inspector from the education watchdog, said the school's 167 pupils had shown good progress in the last 18 months ago, though the school could not yet be rated outstanding because achievement in reading, science and the teaching of phonics, as well as the use of assessment information was not as high as other aspects of the school's performance.

However, the school's headteacher Heather Ware said: 'We are delighted that Great Ellingham School's Ofsted grading has improved to good from its previous satisfactory. This is especially pleasing as Ofsted have raised the bar through its recent framework changes.

'I would like to thank all staff for their hard work in achieving this good result. I have also thanked the children for the part they took in the inspection. We were very well supported by governors especially our joint Chairmen, Hugh Collier and Dave Jones, who have helped the school to achieve this report.'

'The school is celebrating this good achievement while also taking on board the Ofsted inspectors' suggestions for further improvements.'

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The report stated the pupils' good progress came from good teaching, which led to above average results in most subjects.

This improvement was driven by a more robust and concerted approach by the school's head and deputy head to manage teachers' performance.

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The inspectors spent six hours observing 11 lessons during the visit in April. The previous inspection was carried out in September 2008.

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