Staff and pupils at Downham’s Hillcrest Primary School are celebrating after receiving a resounding ‘good’ rating from Ofsted.
Inspectors visited the school three weeks ago and praised pupils’ attitudes to learning and exemplary behaviour.
The report said: “Pupils’ attitudes to learning are excellent and disruption to lessons is rare because teachers manage behaviour effectively.
“Pupils are polite, courteous and well-mannered to each other and adults.”
Attainment in reading was highlighted as a particular strength and most pupils achieve above average standards in reading, writing and maths by the end of year six.
All areas of inspection were rated as good and inspectors said some of the teaching was outstanding.
Teaching in reception was good and the report said: “Learning is fun and accompanied by laughter.”
By the time they reach the end of their primary schooling most pupils achieve standards above the national average.
In order to improve further the school needs to raise achievement in writing by giving pupils more regular and systematic practice.
The quality of teaching and learning should be improved to ensure it is always good and more often outstanding.
The role of subject leaders should be developed by giving them opportunities to share their skills and expertise and check pupils’ progress and achievement.
Inspectors said: “Subject leaders are relatively new to their roles and have not had the opportunity to share their skills and expertise with other teaching staff or had a significant input into raising standards in their subjects.”
The school’s leadership and management was rated as good and inspectors said the headteacher provided good leadership and is well supported by the senior leadership team and the governing body.
Headteacher Linda Howling said: “I’m delighted and I think it’s a true reflection of the excellent team we have got here.”