An infant school has been given a 'good' rating by the education watchdog.

Ofsted inspectors visited the Raleigh Infant Academy in Thetford in September.

Their report says: "Aspiration, respect and kindness are the core values of Raleigh Infant Academy pupils. They say that these values make the school special."

Inspectors found Raleigh's 180 pupils were "enthused by the ambitious curriculum that they are taught" and respond positively to staff’s high expectations. 

They add: "Pupils appreciate the wide range of clubs and activities on offer, for example chess, mathematics and sports clubs. This helps them to foster and develop their interests and talents."

The report says some curriculum leaders at the school are new to subject leadership and at an early stage of developing the skills required to lead a subject area.

It adds in order to improve leaders should ensure that training for new subject leaders is put in place to develop their skills.

It says while the early years curriculum is "well-planned", there are "inconsistencies in the quality of teaching that children experience".

"This means that although children are well prepared for Year One, this could be improved," inspectors add.

"Leaders need to ensure that staff develop their expertise by drawing on the best practice seen in the school and through relevant training."

The report says safeguarding arrangements are "effective" at the school. 

It notes: "In lessons and in assemblies, pupils are taught how to keep themselves safe.

"Pupils trust adults in the school. Pupils know that they should speak to an adult if they are worried about anything."

The then Raleigh Infant School and Nursery School, on Admirals Way, was rated 'inadequate' at its last full inspection in November 2017.

The following year it joined the Eastern Multi-Academy Trust and became an academy.

The report says since then leaders have managed absence with "determination", but attendance is still not where leaders want it to be.