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West Norfolk primary school rated Good in Ofsted report

By Lynn News Reporter

An ambitious curriculum and leaders who provide a wide range of opportunities have seen West Lynn Primary School rated Good by Ofsted.

The report from the education inspection team highlights the “attractive” and “well-resourced” early years environment at the school where the teaching of reading is a priority reinforced from the start.

The review saw it move on from its previous rating of Requires Improvement.

Pupils and staffcelebrating West Lynn'sPrimary School's Good Ofsted report. Picture: IAN BURT
Pupils and staffcelebrating West Lynn'sPrimary School's Good Ofsted report. Picture: IAN BURT

A delighted executive headteacher Joanne Borley said: “Everyone at West Lynn Primary School works exceptionally hard to ensure we provide the very best education for all of our pupils and the award of Good from Ofsted reflects the effort put in by the entire team.”

The school is a member of the West Norfolk Acadamies Trust which manages 11 infant, junior primary and secondary schools.

“From their first day children in reception class being learning letters and sounds.

“Teachers know when pupils need extra help to keep up, and provide it quickly. Leaders have invested considerable resources in developing pupils’ reading,” said the report.

Children also have a very positive attitude to learning and understand the school’s clear routines and they use the different areas of learning well, according to the inspectors.

“Leaders have planned the early years curriculum so that the pupils enter Year 1 with the skills and knowledge that they need,” says the report.

There was also a special mention of the enriching opportunities available at the school, which has fewer pupils than average at 157 on the role, and a recent visit to a West End show and a concert at London’s O2 Arena were highlighted.

“These activities are carefully planned to link to the curriculum. This means that pupils can make connections between these activities and aspects of their learning.”

The report also praises governors and trustees who understand their responsibilities and carry out their duties effectively, with a good knowledge of the school which benefits from the wide range of skills and specialisms across the trust.

The report adds that pupils have a good understanding of justice and they explained why they consider the school’s behaviour system to be fair and were united in their view that it is fine for people to believe different things.

“Pupils know about democracy and explained how they use it to choose their school councillors,” it adds.

They also trust staff and feel safe while being comfortable to raise any concerns with them. Pupils are taught about keeping safe, including while using the internet and governors regularly check that safeguarding procedures are being applied robustly.

Trust chairman Roger Livesey said: “The West Norfolk Academies Trust is delighted at the good result after taking over the school when it was failing.

“The leaders, teaching staff and governors have worked tirelessly to bring about this result.

“The new curriculum is particularly noteworthy and parents, pupils, staff and governors can be proud to be a part of such a school. Congratulations to all.”

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