Ashwicken Primary is praised

Happy Days celebrations for a Good Ofsted report at Ashwicken CofE Primary School, Headteacher Susan Collison and pupils who are pictured with the New Storyshed at the school.

Happy Days celebrations for a Good Ofsted report at Ashwicken CofE Primary School, Headteacher Susan Collison and pupils who are pictured with the New Storyshed at the school.

A new story shed is helping to inspire pupils of a West Norfolk village school, which has been praised for its efforts to improve reading standards.

Ashwicken CE Primary has retained its good Ofsted rating, following the latest inspection of the school last month.

In a letter to the school’s headteacher, Susan Collison, inspector Marie Curry said standards had been maintained since its last assessment in 2012.

She particularly praised the work done to address “disappointing” reading results last year, including a review of guided reading sessions and increased emphasis on comprehension in lessons.

She said: “You and your team have looked closely at outcomes to identify areas where pupils did not do as well as expected. You have acted swiftly to implement changes based on your analysis. These changes are proving effective.”

She also highlighted moves to provide attractive reading areas, to encourage children to read for pleasure, and to update the school’s library to better reflect pupils’ interests.

The report further praised pupils, who were said to behave “exceptionally well”, while nearly every parent who responded to a survey carried out during the inspection said they would recommend the school to others.

Mrs Collison said: “Everyone is delighted that the findings are so positive.

“It was recognised that our school has a really happy family ethos where every child’s needs are met.

“I am very proud of the staff and governors for creating such a vibrant and inspiring learning environment where there are always new initiatives going on to engage and challenge our children.”

To improve further, the school was encouraged to implement and extend systems for monitoring pupil progress in subjects other than English and maths, and do more to challenge the most capable children.