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Hunstanton school that is earmarked for closure is rated “good”

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A school that will only exist for another year has maintained its “good” Ofsted rating.

Hunstanton Infant School is due to amalgamate with the town’s Redgate Junior School in Collingwood Road in September next year.

Achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management at the infant school were all judged to be “good”.

The inspectors’ report said: “Pupils of all abilities make good progress. By the time they leave school their achievement is good in reading, writing and mathematics.

“Teaching is mostly good. The teaching of phonics, the sounds letters make, is particularly strong.

“Parents are very happy with the school and all who responded during the inspection said they would recommend it to other parents.

“Well chosen training has been effective in improving the quality of teaching and accelerating pupils’ rates of progress.

“Behaviour is good and even pupils who find learning difficult engage well in lessons and group work. Pupils feel safe in the school.

“The headteacher has a clear understanding of the school’s weaknesses and a determined vision for school improvement based on a detailed knowledge of the pupils’ needs.”

The report listed three pointers to improve the school.

It said: “Pupils’ work is not always well presented and teachers’ marking is not always helpful in showing them how to improve it.

“Some leaders and governors do not have a secure grasp of how different groups of pupils are progressing across the school.

“Activities in the reception class, particularly in the outside area, do not always provide enough challenge to accelerate children’s learning.”

The James Street school, for four to seven year olds, has shared a headteacher, Nigel Harvey, and governors with Redgate Junior School since September 2009.

The infant school has almost 90 pupils. Redgate Junior School, where there are around 100 pupils, is also rated “good” by Ofsted.

In the consultation over the amalgamation of the schools, Norfolk County Council wrote to parents.

It said: “We believe that children attending an all-through primary achieve better results.”

It said amalgamation would mean less travelling between schools for families and would increase the opportunities for all children to engage in educational and social activities with children from other year groups.

The move would also mean pupils did not face the prospect of starting a new school at the end of Year 2. The aim is to provide a primary school with 30 places in each year group.

The council admitted the joined-up school would qualify for less money but said savings could be made through economies of scale.

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