‘Good’ Ofsted rating for Wisbech school

Children at Wisbech's Clarkson Infant and Nursery School celebrate being rated as 'good' by Ofsted.
Children at Wisbech's Clarkson Infant and Nursery School celebrate being rated as 'good' by Ofsted.
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The headteacher of a Wisbech school has been praised for her “relentless focus on raising standards” after it jumped up two grades following its latest inspection.

Ofsted told Clarkson Infant and Nursery School in Trafford Road it required improvement at an inspection in October 2013, but now the education watchdog has rated the school as ‘good’.

Lead inspector Maria Curry judged the school as ‘good’ in all areas after the inspection last month – and cited new headteacher Rachel Hartopp as a key factor in its “rapid” improvement.

A glowing report, published last week, said: “The new headteacher has transformed the school’s ethos and culture through her relentless focus on raising standards and building high expectations among the whole school community: staff, governors, parents and pupils.”

The areas rated as ‘good’ were the effectiveness of leadership and management, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare, pupil outcomes and early years provision.

In her report, Ms Curry said progress has “improved rapidly” and standards are rising in reading, writing and mathematics. She also said leaders work as a cohesive team and share a strong commitment to improvement. They are also ambitious for all pupils, who “behave well” and are “rightly proud of their school”.

“Pupils are polite and courteous and socialise well,” she added.

The achievement of disadvantaged pupils is also rising because the support provided by the school is “well planned and appropriate”.

Mrs Hartopp said she was delighted with the report.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the pupils, staff, governors and all parents for their continued support,” she added. “We are looking forward to developing into an outstanding school with time.

“It is a privilege to be associated with a school that continually strives to achieve the best for its children.”