Praise for Thetford Grammar School by inspectors

An independent school has been praised for its “well-educated” pupils by government inspectors.

Thetford Grammar School was found to be “good with excellent features” by five inspectors from the Independent Schools Inspectorate who visited for four days from January 31.

They said the school, which teaches 307 pupils from three to 18, fulfilled its aim of being an “inclusive family community” and pupils were articulate and confident, developed their creativity and were able to think logically and analytically.

Improvements were also found to have been made since the last inspection in 2009, with a rise in the quality of teaching.

The majority of lessons were said to be good while a “significant minority” were outstanding, particularly in the junior school.

Meanwhile, the governing body, they said, had been strengthened, and new governors had been recruited.

Some areas highlighted for improvement included the monitoring of teaching and learning to make sure good practice was shared, to make sure pupils’ assessment data was accessible to staff, and to develop partnerships with parents of early years pupils and increase their contributions to their children’s learning.

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Head Gareth price said: “Naturally I am very pleased with the positive nature of this report which emphasises our progress over the last few years and in particular the many strengths of our junior school.

“Of course there are areas for further improvement and we shall be working hard to address these and ensure continued development for the future.”