Harpley school praised for maintaining ‘good’ Ofsted rating

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The efforts of staff, governors and pupils at a West Norfolk school have been praised following its latest ‘good’ Ofsted report.

Harpley Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School celebrated the news this week, after being inspected last month.

Inspector Tracey Fielding congratulated the school’s diligent leadership team for maintaining its ‘good’ quality of education since the last inspection was carried out in February 2011.

In a letter to headteacher Ann Beardall, Ms Fielding said: “In this very small school, you and your team create a nurturing, friendly environment where pupils feel safe and are valued as unique individuals.

“You provide interesting and stimulating experiences for pupils and encourage wide participation in musical activities, sporting opportunities, residential trips and after-school clubs.

“Staff support you and are proud of the school and the pupils in their care. You and your leaders have made changes to move the school forward and are determined to continue to improve the school.”

She also said pupils “love their school” and talk about it with enthusiasm and pride.

“They use the word ‘family’ to describe the school’s caring atmosphere,” she said. “It’s Christian ethos contributes to pupils’ good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and is at the heart of everything the school does.”

Pupils also behave well, have good attendance and display “very positive” attitudes to learning.

To further improve, Ms Fielding said the school should ensure teaching allows the most able pupils to deepen their knowledge and skills without having to wait for classmates to catch up, in addition to improving safeguarding practice.