School celebrates glowing Ofsted

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Upwell Primary School is celebrating a glowing report from Ofsted when inspectors have officially described the school as ‘Good’.

The village school has seen many changes since a new headteacher was appointed in January 2011. The staff and governors were thrilled at the outcome of the inspection, which took place over two days at the end of June.

The inspector spoke to parents, children, staff and governors. The final report praises leaders and managers for making “necessary changes to improve the quality of teaching and learning.” The report goes on to say that “Children make good progress in Reception and develop a wide range of skills and understanding...the school makes good use of outdoor areas to foster pupils’ interest in learning”.

“Behaviour is good. Pupils feel that they are listened to and that any concerns are dealt with quickly. Pupils feel very safe in school and safeguarding processes are robust, the report says.

It looks at the achievement of pupils compared to the last report three years ago and finds that, as a result of changes to teaching and the management of pupils’ behaviour, pupils’ attainment in reading, writing and mathematics is now in line with national averages. Compared to other schools nationally, a high proportion of pupils have made better than expected progress in reading across years 3 to 6.

In Reception, children have good opportunities to develop skills and understanding in all areas of learning, developing good skills in language and early reading. This is due to high quality adult support and well resourced indoor and outdoor learning areas. The good rate of progress continues into other year groups.

Considerable improvements to the quality of teaching in English has contributed to accelerated progress in the quality of writing.

The inspector found that teaching is monitored effectively and new teachers are given support and induction. Processes to manage the performance of teachers are robust and clearly linked to pupil progress. Teachers say they feel very supported. The Inspector found that Governors were effective.

He said they have demonstrated a strong drive to improve standards of achievement and the governing body is well led by the chair and ably supported by those responsible for leading committees, governors hold leaders to account for the school’s performance through rigorous planning and controls, Governors ensure that pupils stay safe and that the school remains on a secure financial footing.

The school has developed a set of CORE values around which teaching, learning and all aspects of school life are based. The inspector noted that this was a valuable measure and noted in particular that “children feel very safe in school and are able to raise any concerns with teachers, whom they see as very approachable”.

Consistent behaviour management by all staff makes a strong contribution to a very positive climate for learning. Pupils say that they thoroughly enjoy the wide variety of learning opportunities available to them.

Headteacher James McBurney, said: “We are immensely proud and delighted that this inspection has confirmed our belief that this is a GOOD school. Many, particularly the children, were able to share experiences of how we are making huge steps towards achieving our vision. We are confident that this is simply the first step towards becoming an Outstanding school and we look forward to taking all the children, staff and parents with us as we continue to progress.”

The School’s summer fair is being held this Saturday, July 13, stalls, raffles and rides from 10am to 2pm.