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Inspectors impressed by Marshland St James Primary and Nursery

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Leaders at a delighted primary school have spoken of their pride after impressing inspectors and earning a ‘good’ grading.

Marshland St. James Primary and Nursery School is celebrating its overall grading from Ofsted - while the early years department was singled out for particular praise, being labelled ‘outstanding’.

Ofsted inspectors found the village school to be welcoming and ambitious, with leaders who have high expectations for the school and its students.

The early years department at Marshland St James Primary and Nursery School has been labelled outstanding
The early years department at Marshland St James Primary and Nursery School has been labelled outstanding

It noted that pupils ‘love the fact that teachers know them personally’ and it is clear that ‘both adults and students forge strong relationships’.

Staff at the school, which is part of the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust, were highly praised for the depth of knowledge they have of their students, with inspectors reporting that they ‘use pupils’ interests to help create memorable learning opportunities’ and that ‘teachers use their information effectively to plan learning that interests pupils and helps them to achieve’.

Headteacher Sarah Durrant said: “We are all so proud of our latest Ofsted result. This is great news, and the report is a reflection of how hard all of our staff and pupils work to ensure the very best school experience for our pupils.

Marshland St James Primary School has been graded 'Good'
Marshland St James Primary School has been graded 'Good'

“Providing the highest standard of education for our students is so important to us, as well as ensuring they are happy and enjoy being in school – something which also comes across strongly in the report.”

Inspectors highlighted a strong emphasis on reading, with the report stating that: “Leaders make certain that all staff place a great emphasis on teaching pupils to read.

“Pupils begin to learn to read as soon as they start school. Older pupils have a vast array of books, ranging from classics to modern fiction.

“They love reading and are keen to talk about their favourite texts.”

Inspectors were particularly impressed with the school’s early years department which was described as ‘exceptional’, with staff having a ‘deep knowledge of the learning needs of all the children. They adapt learning to ensure that all children achieve extremely well’.

The impressive result comes after the school was previously rated as ‘requires improvement’ and staff say the outcome is due to their continued dedication to ensuring pupils receive the very best educational standards.

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