Reepham pupils’ tales impress Ofsted

Inspectors have praised the 'highly imaginative' writing skills of children at a Norfolk primary school which was rated as good across the board during a recent assessment.

It follows a two-day visit by Ofsted last month when they also judged Reepham Primary School's early years provision as outstanding and concluded there was good potential for even more improvement.

In their report, inspectors said staff and pupils had coped well with 'challenges with the stability of the overall leadership of the school' which they had faced since the last assessment in 2007. They have since been resolved.

It said staff and governors had 'worked very well together as a team to ensure that the school continued to develop and improve its provision'.

Picked out for particular praise was the teaching of literacy which was said to be taught exceptionally well in a way that motivates and excites children.

The inspectors added: 'In years five and six, pupils wrote about an exciting murder mystery following a visit to a Victorian mansion while in year one pupils wrote highly imaginative letters to a pirate.'

Youngsters have above average attendance and attainment and their behaviour was considered good.

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Head teacher Miriam Jones and her staff were given just two areas to improve. They were asked to maximise pupils' progress by improving the way they matched work to individual needs and giving more guidance to youngsters through marking.

Inspectors would also like to see children in years three to six given more chances to learn independently through team work, problem solving and taking on leadership roles in the school.

In a letter to pupils, lead inspector Katherine Beck said she was pleased to hear they felt safe in their school and enjoyed lessons.

She added: 'In your questionnaires, some of you said that you do not have healthy lifestyles, but we disagree.

'You have many chances to be active at break and lunchtime and take part in lots of sporting activities.

'Many of you enjoy the new and nutritious lunches at lunchtime and make healthy choices.'

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