Oustanding rating for Downham Market Preparatory School and Montessori Nursery

Downham Prep and Montessouri at Stow Bardolph celebrate an outstanding ofsted, marking the occasion with a full school photograph for the Lynn News.'Head teacher Elizabeth Laffeaty-Sharpe (standing far right front) ANL-141114-180333009
Downham Prep and Montessouri at Stow Bardolph celebrate an outstanding ofsted, marking the occasion with a full school photograph for the Lynn News.'Head teacher Elizabeth Laffeaty-Sharpe (standing far right front) ANL-141114-180333009
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Staff and pupils at Downham Preparatory School and 
Montessori Nursery are celebrating after receiving a glowing Ofsted report.

The school, in Lynn Road, Stow Bardolph, received outstanding ratings in all five categories.

Inspectors praised the school for its outstanding teaching and the progress made by pupils.

Principal Elizabeth Laffeaty-Sharpe is over the moon with the report and said: “We were delighted with the whole report. This year the inspection team spoke to a number of children.

“The team said the children were very frank and communicated well but from that the deduced they were learning well. We were really pleased and proud of the children.”

The school has 116 children in its primary section and 40 in its nursery.

Inspectors were impressed by the school’s activities.

The report said: “An outstanding range of learning activities engages and motivates pupils to learn exceptionally well. Consequently their achievement is outstanding.”

The nursery also received praise for its “outstanding learning environment” which helps develops youngsters’ skills while reception children make rapid progress in creative activities, literacy and numeracy.

Praise was heaped on the “outstanding teaching” and the strong emphasis on developing core skills.

The report was also highlights the “outstanding senior leadership team” with its “tenacious focus” on improving the school.

Inspectors were impressed with the behaviour of the children. They highlighted that teaching and pupils achievement could be improved further by ensuring that marking always helps youngsters to improve their work.