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Exciting times ahead for North Wootton school after 'good' Ofsted report

A village school near Lynn is looking forward to a bright future after it was praised by inspectors.

The North Wootton Academy has been rated good in an Ofsted report published this week.

The school, formerly the North Wootton Community School, had been deemed to require improvement in its two previous assessments before joining the Eastern Multi-Academy Trust three years ago.

North Wootton Academy pupils celebrate their good Ofsted rating with principal James Grimsby
North Wootton Academy pupils celebrate their good Ofsted rating with principal James Grimsby

Paul Shanks, the trust's director of primary education, said this week: “This is well deserved recognition for all the staff and pupils.

"The school is a very different place from March 2017 and we want to pay tribute to them and the wonderful parents, governors and the community who have supported all the efforts to transform this school.”

The latest assessment follows a two-day visit by inspectors last month.

It rated the school as good for education, behaviour and early years provision, and outstanding for personal development and leadership.

The report said: "Pupils enjoy coming to this welcoming school. They feel happy and safe here. Each day starts in the same way. Pupils are encouraged to say something complimentary to the class ‘star of the day’.

"Pupils say that North Wootton Academy is ‘amazing, marvellous, fantastic, inspirational’. They say that ‘the school motivates you to be your best, but not in a selfish way.’"

Principal James Grimsby said: “We are delighted with the report’s outcome, which correctly identifies us as an ambitious school that works extremely hard to develop well-rounded future citizens.

“This marks an extremely positive first step on our journey towards being an outstanding school. We are excited about where the school will be in the coming years.”

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