Ofsted inspectors hail King’s Lynn’s ‘outstanding’ Eastgate Academy

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A Lynn primary school has been rated outstanding by inspectors – just three years after it was reported to be inadequate.

Education officials say Eastgate Academy, in Littleport Terrace, is one of only seven schools in England, and the first in Norfolk, to achieve the transformation in a single cycle between Ofsted assessments.

The latest judgement, which was published by the inspection body today, follows a two day visit to the school, which is sponsored by the CWA Academy Trust, in January.

And principal Linda Hothersall said the rating was the result of a sustained community effort.

She said: “Staff, students, parents and governors alike have shaped this academy into the outstanding learning provision it is today.

“It’s down to everyone, from the trust to the helpers and the grandparents who come in and sit and listen to readers.

“We are the same staffing body that were here before. I am not a new principal.

“We have just worked really, really hard and it’s paid off. I am absolutely thrilled.”

Lead inspector Susan Aykin said Mrs Hothersall, her assistant principals, and governors had worked “relentlessly” to raise pupil attainment levels.

The report continued: “Pupils are impeccably well behaved. They are kind, courteous and respectful of other pupils and adults.”

It added: “Many parents expressed their overwhelming satisfaction with the school.”

But Mrs Hothersall was quick to praise pupils’ work ethic as “inspirational.”

“They just want more and more. The younger ones even ask us for extra homework.”

She also revealed the school has set itself new targets to chase over the coming years.

She said: “We expect the same for all of our childrenand we will do the very best for them, no matter their ability.

“We are now aiming to push our results up even further, to be in the top one per cent nationally.

“We’re already in the top 10 per cent overall, and top one per cent for writing, so why stop there?”

Chair of governors Melanie Wellard said: “I have the very special privilege of working with an amazing team of people who are extremely dedicated, talented and caring and who continually strive to be the very best they can be for the sake of the children of their community.

“They have never had any other goal than to be outstanding in everything they do and in my mind they most definitely are.”

CWA trust chief executive Dr Duncan Ramsey said the report was “tremendous recognition of what a special place Eastgate Academy has become.”

He added: “To be graded outstanding in every area is a significant achievement and shows how hard the whole community has worked over the last three years.”