Village primary school now rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted

Celebrations for a Good Ofsted at Sedgeford Primary School'Staff left front to back, Vanny Taylor (TA), Hannah Ayres (TA), Peter Johnson (Class 2 Teacher).'Staff right front to back, Emma Beck (Senior Teacher), Rachel Riley (TA), Jackie Cook (Secretary) ANL-150722-090550009
Celebrations for a Good Ofsted at Sedgeford Primary School'Staff left front to back, Vanny Taylor (TA), Hannah Ayres (TA), Peter Johnson (Class 2 Teacher).'Staff right front to back, Emma Beck (Senior Teacher), Rachel Riley (TA), Jackie Cook (Secretary) ANL-150722-090550009
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Sedgeford Primary School has turned around its fortunes after previously being rated as needing improvement by Ofsted.

The latest inspection, undertaken earlier this month, rated the school in Ringstead Road as good and said the headteacher, Sarah Bocking, “has provided strong leadership since she took up her post”.

It went on: “She has managed teachers’ performance very well and improved the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement significantly since the last inspection.

Mrs Bocking said in response to the report: “This only confirms what we all already knew and I am so pleased that the hard work of staff and pupils alike has been recognised.

“In his verbal feedback, the Inspector particularly commented on the outstanding work of the teaching assistants that he observed, and he also singled out our SEN (special educational needs) provision as outstanding.

“He particularly liked our “positive climate” and mentioned that ‘relationships and the family atmosphere are a real strength’.

“He also praised the attitude and conduct of the children He was impressed with the way that we encourage and promote ‘looking beyond the school’ to the village, the federation and the wider world – extending children’s horizons, which he acknowledges can be difficult to do in a small monocultural village.

“In discussion, the inspector agreed with the school on the areas for development that we had already identified – maths is one of our key issues, as, although it is improving, it is still slightly weaker than Literacy, and we have already been exploring how best to teach handwriting effectively.”

When the new term starts, Sedgeford will be in a federation with Brancaster and Docking primary schools with Mrs Bocking as the head.

She said: “When the schools federate in September, we plan to make use of expertise across all three schools to share good practice and support development.

“The inspector felt we could have already made a start on this, although we had earmarked the training day in September to organise this.

“What a wonderful way to end the year, and nothing more than everyone deserves! Well done all!”