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'Good' Ofsted rating for Whitefriars Church of England Academy





A Lynn primary school has been rated ‘Good’ after an Ofsted inspection – and have been told it would have been judged as ‘Outstanding’ had it been a graded inspection.

The report heaps praise on Whitefriars Church of England Academy, saying pupils flourish and its warm and nurturing relationships between staff and pupils sits at the heart of the school’s success.

After the November inspection, the report notes that the curriculum planning at the school – part of the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust – is thorough and detailed.

Head teacher Matt Tuckwood with pupils at Whitefriars Church of England Primary Academy. Photo: PAUL TIBBS (61229880)
Head teacher Matt Tuckwood with pupils at Whitefriars Church of England Primary Academy. Photo: PAUL TIBBS (61229880)

Pupils’ personal development is promoted extensively throughout the school, and pupils in all year groups behave exceptionally well in lessons and around the school.

They demonstrate high levels of respect and kindness towards each other; pupils have very positive attitudes towards their learning and there is no disruption in lessons.

The report highlights that neither bullying nor unkindness is tolerated, and staff work closely with pupils to resolve any issues that do occur.

Head teacher Mat Tuckwood said: “As a school, we are all proud of the report, which emphasises what a wonderful learning community Whitefriars is.

“Everyone’s incredible hard work, which makes Whitefriars such a special place to be, was recognised in the report.”

Oliver Burwood, CEO of Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust, added: “Everyone is so proud of the hugely positive report that Whitefriars received.

“It is well deserved and represents years of hard work by Mat Tuckwood and his fantastic staff team.

“We look forward to supporting the team as they continue to develop their successful offer for children and families.”



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