King’s Lynn primary school praised for maintaining ‘good’ standards

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A Lynn primary school is celebrating after being rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted.

Education officials recently carried out their first short inspection at Fairstead Community Primary and Nursery School since the school was judged as ‘good’ in 2011 – and found the same high standards have been maintained.

A report, published earlier this month, praised headteacher Hazel Spinks for developing “an ambitious and committed leadership team to support the school’s work to raise standards further”.

It also said all areas for improvement identified at the last inspection have been tackled effectively by leaders and pupil achievement has risen.

“From low starting points, pupils leave the school at the end of Key Stage Two with standards in reading, writing and mathematics that are in line with the national average,” it said.

Pupils from poorer background are also progressing well, thanks to the “significant” amount of additional funding for disadvantaged pupils the school receives.

In Year Six last year, disadvantaged pupils achieved better than other pupils.

The report, written by inspector Chris Moodie, commended the school for continuing to make improvements in key areas.

It said leaders have a clear understanding of where further improvement is needed and are acting to bring about the changes.

Governance has also improved “substantially” since the last inspection, when it was found to be a weakness.

Areas to develop in future include replicating good quality topic work being produced in Years Two and Six is replicated across other year groups.

Leaders also need to ensure newly introduced assessment systems are more closely linked to ensure smooth transition between year groups.