Pott Row school praised by Ofsted for making rapid improvements

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Staff, governors and pupils at a “rapidly improving” school are celebrating the end of term with a glowing report from Ofsted.

The education watchdog has judged Holly Meadows School in Pott Row as ‘good’ in all areas following its latest inspection.

It comes just two years after the school in Vong Lane was rated as ‘requires improvement’.

A report praised the school for providing children with a wide range of opportunities to help them develop into well-rounded young people who are well prepared for the next stage of their education.

Headteacher Rachael Williams was also noted for her “outstanding commitment to pupils, staff and parents”, and together with the support of other leaders, has created a “friendly, welcoming and inclusive school”.

Inspectors also said teachers plan interesting lessons which the pupils enjoy and so they behave well and are engaged.

Mrs Williams said: “I am delighted with the outcome of a great deal of hard work by the whole school team.

“It has been recognised that the quality of teaching is good. We have seen rapid improvement in the last year. Teachers know pupils well as a result of regular and accurate assessments. They have positive relationships with them, creating a calm atmosphere for learning.”

Mrs Williams said the school has been a member of Norfolk County Council’s ‘Norfolk to Good and Great’ programme since it was judged to require improvement in 2013, and will now be joining the next phase ‘Norfolk to Better and Best’.

She said: “Sharing good practice, evaluating and developing systems that we could adopt to improve our school has been so beneficial. We are now joining the next phase of the local authority support programme as we have our sights firmly set on achieving even more.”