Smiles at Burnham Market Primary School after Good Ofsted rating

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Smiles will definitely be see on the faces of staff at Burnham Market Primary School after a positive Ofsted report.

The school had previously received an “inadequate” rating but this has been upgraded to “good” following a successful two-day inspection in February.

Pupils’ behaviour, attainment and attendance were praised in the report along with leadership and teaching.

The report states: “Staff always have a smile on their faces. This conveys itself to pupils who bring the same positivity to lessons. Relationships between staff and pupils are strong and this is beneficial to learning.”

Headteacher Rachel Stroulger is praised in the report as an “outstanding” leader who has helped the school to make “considerable progress”.

The report adds: “Working closely with governors, the headteacher and other leaders have made the changes necessary to ensure the quality of teaching and pupils’ progress have improved rapidly. The strong team of school leaders means the capacity for further improvement is good.”

Inspectors found pupil behaviour to be good and that attendance was above average as “ staff emphasise its importance and reward those who attend well”.

It also stated: “Teachers plan interesting and imaginative lessons that offer pupils excellent opportunities to learn.

“Basic skills, such as how letters link to the sounds they make, are taught well throughout the school, laying the foundation for pupils’ good progress.”

Inspectors highlight that children in Reception class settle quickly and are well taught and make good progress.

The report states: “All groups of pupils, including those who are disadvantaged, the disabled and those who have special educational needs, and the more able, achieve well and make good progress.”

Inspectors have advised to work on all teachers ensuring pupils act on the advice given through marking and how adults use questions to promote learning.

The school was also advised to use the outdoor area more to promote children’s learning in the early years.

Headteacher Mrs Stroulger is delighted with the report.

She said: “The report is an excellent representation of the immense hard work and dedication that all the staff, governors, parents and pupils have put in over the last 14 months.”