Leaders praised in Wisbech St Mary Primary School Ofsted

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GOVERNMENT inspectors have praised the partnership between the headteacher and deputy headteacher of Wisbech St Mary C of E Primary School.

They said this partnership was very effective in raising standards, adding: “Their vision for school improvement and their relentless enthusiasm is shared by all staff.”

The inspectors – from the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) – also praised the quality of teaching and the behaviour of pupils.

“Teaching is good. There is some outstanding practice. Classes are managed well and relationships are good. Teaching assistants make a good contribution to learning.

“Pupils, parents and carers recognise the good teaching and progress within the school. Teaching is always at least satisfactory and very often good. Where teaching is best, it is because of clearly planned activities that encourage active participation in class.

“Teaching has many strengths, such as the quality of relationships in class, the use of assessment and high quality marking,” said the inspectors’ report.

Pupils in turn were highlighted for their good behaviour and attitudes to work. “Pupils’ behaviour is good and there are very positive relationships between all members of the school community.

“Behaviour in lessons is good and pupils work very well when given independent or problem solving activities. Older pupils in particular show high levels of responsibility,” it added.

Inspectors said leaders and managers at the school had a shared vision for school improvement. “The quality of self-evaluation is excellent. Leaders at all levels have a clear idea of what to do next in order to bring about school improvement and all staff are enthusiastic in helping the school get better. The drive and ambition shown by leaders, combined with their impact on standards, show a good capacity to improve,” they added.

Governors were also praised – inspectors said the school’s governing body had good systems to give it a clear view of the school’s strengths and weaknesses.

The school was encouraged to improve teaching further.

Headteacher Yvonne Lamb said: “It is good to see that the inspectors praised the teamwork of staff and governors and its impact on providing the best possible education for all the children at Wisbech St Mary School.”