Village school's rapid progress

Celia Wigg A south Norfolk primary school has made rapid progress after being given a notice to improve by Ofsed. months ago. St Botolphs CEVCP School, at Botestdale, near Diss, underwent a full Ofsted Inspection on April 29-30 this year - 14 months after the last inspection in February 2007.

Celia Wigg

A south Norfolk primary school has made rapid progress after being given a notice to improve by Ofsed. months ago.

St Botolphs CEVCP School, at Botestdale, near Diss, underwent a full Ofsted Inspection on April 29-30 this year - 14 months after the last inspection in February 2007. As a result the staff and governors are delighted that “the school no longer requires significant improvement”.

The report states that 'progress since the last inspection has been rapid' and the school has good capacity to make further improvements.” In particular, it was judged to be good at promoting the personal development and well-being of its learners and for the care, guidance and support of the pupils. The leaders and managers of the school are using challenging targets to raise standards.


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The inspectors commented on the excellent behaviour and attitude of the children in lessons and what a pleasure it was to come and visit. There was “a positive buzz” about the school.

Parental responses have been very positive and one wrote to say “I feel well informed about my child's abilities, what support she needs and what I have to do to support my child”.

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Work has already begun on the areas identified by the inspectors for improvement which include continuing to raise standards and extending the richness of the curriculum, including developing the area of ICT, and the use of the new ICT suite.

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