Walpole St Peter school rated ‘good’ by inspectors

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Pupils and staff at a Walpole St Peter primary school are “over the moon” after becoming one of the first schools to receive a good rating from Ofsted inspectors under a new pilot scheme.

Anne Senior, headteacher at the school, said: “Ofsted came slightly earlier than expected and we were one of the first schools to be assessed under the new pilot scheme. This means inspectors had to put a lot more time into speaking with the children and looking at their previous work.

“They were not allowed to pass judgement on individual teaching until the end of the second day which gave a much better picture and made a huge difference for us.

She has been headteacher at the school for eight years, and more recently of partnership school Tilney All Saints Primary School, and has guided them through three “good” inspections in a row.

She added: “We’re over the moon at receiving a ‘good’ rating, and just two months after our partnership school, Tilney All Saints Primary School, were awarded the same.”

The two-day inspection, which took place over June 11-12, has seen the primary school maintaining its good rating from the previous inspection under lead inspector, Duncan Ramsey.

He pupils were making good progress in reading, writing and mathematics, and that standards had risen this year. Children are being given a good start in the Early Years Foundation Stage and the quality of teaching is good, with interesting activities used to promote learning.

In particular, the inspecting team remarked on the quality of the physical education curriculum and the range of after-school activities as strengths. They also mentioned the interesting and stimulating displays which help to promote learning in all areas of the building.

Staff were praised for their work, with teaching assistants noted for making an effective contribution to learning, while strong leaders are on hand to check the progress of pupils and the quality of teaching. Mr Ramsey said pupils behave well in lessons and have good attitudes to learning.

The school were given goals of working on challenging the more-able pupils who are not always given the means to reach higher standards. Mr Ramsey also said leaders’ plans for improvement and not ambitious enough to help the school achieve an outstanding rating.