South Wootton Infant School praised in Ofsted report

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Teachers and pupils of a West Norfolk school had the perfect summer send-off this week after they were praised by education inspectors.

The South Wootton Infant School had been deemed to require improvement when it was last inspected by Ofsted two years ago.

But a new report from the assessment body, which was published on Tuesday just before children broke up for the summer holidays, rated the school as good.

Headteacher Jo Davenport said: “This very positive Ofsted outcome has come as a result of the hard work of everyone at the school; the children, the staff, the governors and the parents.

“I am proud to be the head of such a happy and successful school.”

The latest report follows a two-day assessment of the school, in Church Lane, last month.

Lead inspector Julie Harrison said standards in reading, writing and maths at the end of year two had been significantly higher than the national average since the school was last inspected in 2014.

She said the progress in reading and writing was based on strong teaching phonics and praised both the development of what she described as an “exciting and stimulating” curriculum plus the development of learning across a wide range of subject areas.

The report added: “The headteacher, governors and staff have created a culture where everyone works together to improve pupils’ outcomes, teaching, learning and assessment, and pupils’ behaviour.

“Governors now challenge school leaders appropriately and make an effective contribution to school improvement.”

The report also highlighted high attendance levels among pupils, who were said to be proud of their school and enjoy their lessons.

It added: “Pupils’ behaviour around school is good and most show positive attitudes to learning. These good attitudes contribute well to their spiritual, moral, cultural and social development.

In order to improve towards an outstanding rating in the future, inspectors urged the school to make fuller use of the information they collect about pupils to ensure they make faster and more sustained progress.

They also said more needed to be done to challenge the school’s most able children to reach even higher standards than they do at the moment.