Clear vision for Clarkson Infants’ School

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THE headteacher of Clarkson Infants and Nursery School has a clear vision for its future, according to Government inspectors.

The inspectors from OfSTED – the Office for Standards in Education – said recent changes in the school’s leadership structure and on the governing body have provided an opportunity to drive improvement even more rigorously.

They also praised the quality of teaching at the school in Wisbech, and the behaviour and attitudes of pupils.

“The headteacher has a clear vision for the school and the new leadership structure is enabling senior leaders to take on a broad range of responsibilities that are helping the school to improve.

“Strategic plans set out clearly how the school can improve and include challenging and measurable targets by which they can be evaluated. The governing body supports the school well and members make regular visits to monitor its work,” said the inspectors’ report.

They found strong elements of good teaching, especially in Year 2. “Teachers make learning interesting for pupils by linking themes together and choosing subject matter that engages them. They make good use of technology to bring learning to life. The planned curriculum has a positive impact on teaching,” they added.

Pupils in turn were praised for their good behaviour and attitudes to learning. “The school has a calm, caring ethos and a family atmosphere that ensures all pupils are valued as individuals. Behaviour is typically good, both in classrooms and around the school.

“Pupils are considerate towards one another, and have positive attitudes to learning. Teachers manage pupils’ behaviour well and pupils co-operate well together,” the report added.

Inspectors also praised the school for his hard work to improve attendance, which they noted had seen ‘rapid gains’ in the past year.

The school was encouraged to raise standards and achievement in writing, ensure most teaching is good or better, and improve the effectiveness of leadership and management.

Headteacher Mike English said: “On the whole this is a positive report and reflects the hard working ethos of our school. We are aware of the areas for improvement and we are working towards them.”