Emneth School’s joy at ‘good’ Ofsted rating

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Pupils and staff at a Fenland primary school are celebrating after jumping up a grade in the Ofsted rating system.

Emneth Primary School was previously told by the education watchdog that it required improvement, following an inspection two years ago.

But a “rapid rise” in the quality of teaching and pupils’ attainment and progress has helped the school earn a good rating, with outstanding features.

A glowing report, published last week following an inspection last month, praised the “determined and ambitious leadership” of headteacher Alison Townsend, the “highly skilled, well-trained staff and volunteers” and the excellent relationships which contribute to the “happy and purposeful atmosphere” in the school.

It said children in reception year were particularly well taught and make “outstanding progress”; entering Year One with standards well above the national average across all areas of learning.

The report also highlighted a school training programme which has resulted in most teaching being good, and some outstanding.

It said: “Since the last inspection, the determined headteacher, senior leaders and staff have briskly improved the quality of teaching and learning throughout the school.

“As a result, pupils’ progress in reading, writing and mathematics has accelerated significantly and attainment is rising.”

It said teachers make lessons lively and fun and children are “confident, articulate, polite and courteous”. They also feel safe at school and enjoy going.

Inspectors Valerie Palmer and Ken Parry were particularly impressed with how positive parents were about the school, with one quoted in the report saying “this place rocks”.

Chair of governors, Clare Walters, said the inspection came during a very busy time and everyone worked hard to make sure the inspection went as well as possible.

She said: “I am very proud of the efforts and achievements made by the staff and pupils at the school. A big thank you and well done is wished to the whole school community.”