Sculthorpe Primary’s good grading

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Lessons at a West Norfolk primary school are filled with a “buzz of learning”, according to Ofsted inspectors.

The education watchdog also said pupils thrive on exciting activities in a new report grading Sculthorpe Church of England Primary School as officially ‘good’.

The school in Creake Road has maintained its grade from its last inspection in 2011, with achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management all being rated as good.

Inspectors said there was “no standing still at Sculthorpe”, with the school adopting an proactive, outward-looking approach and exploring any new ideas that may benefit the pupils.

The report also praised the school’s “excellent curriculum”, enriched with activities such as shelter and fire-building outdoors.

It said children often start in reception with skills and experiences below the expected level, but settle quickly because of good induction arrangements and catch up by the start of Year One.

“Good progress continues throughout the school,” it added. “In reading, writing and mathematics, pupils learn well in classes grouped by ability rather than age. Pupils bring effort and determination to their learning and try hard to succeed.”

The report also said teaching is good, and occasionally outstanding, and relationships between staff and pupils is “excellent”.

Teaching could be improved further by building pupils’ skills in evaluating their work, and leaders could improve the ways in which they communicate with parents.

n Walpole Highway Primary School is making “reasonable progress” since being placed in special measures by Ofsted in April last year.

Following a monitoring visit last month, it said pupils’ progress was still too slow but teaching has improved.