“Outstanding” success for pupils and staff at Hopton Primary, near Diss

Staff and pupils at Hopton Primary School celebrate their outstanding Ofsted report. Photograph Simo

Staff and pupils at Hopton Primary School celebrate their outstanding Ofsted report. Photograph Simon Parker - Credit: Archant

A south Norfolk school has been judged by Ofsted to be outstanding in all areas.

Hopton Primary, on Thelnetham Road between Diss and Thetford, which has 62 pupils, had been rated as good before the latest visit by the school's watchdog on May 22 and 23.

During the visit, an inspector found that pupils made 'accelerated' progress in all-year groups, and achieved 'above average' standards in English and maths. Teaching was 'outstanding', they said, and staff were 'highly skilled' at asking questions. Behaviour was said to be 'exemplary', parents were 'overwhelmingly' supportive and the headteacher was 'inspirational', the inspectors added.

Head Marc Careless, who was appointed in September, said: 'Hopton is a very special place to work and this recognition is deserved by everyone involved with the school.'

Lead inspector Emily Simpson observed six lessons, listened to pupils read in years one and four, and watched the teaching of phonics in every class.


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She held meetings with Mr Careless and governors, and considered 11 responses from an online parent survey.

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