Pupils celebrate Ofsted success

PUBLISHED: 10:29 23 July 2010 | UPDATED: 14:43 02 August 2010

A SMALL primary school has been rated as good by school inspectors just five years after being told it had serious weaknesses.

A SMALL primary school has been rated as good by school inspectors just five years after being told it had serious weaknesses.

Staff and pupils at Weeting Primary School, near Brandon, welcomed Ofsted's assessment of the school, which has seen it raise a grade since their last inspection.

Following the June inspection, the school was said to be “led very well and managed effectively, with a clear focus on pupils' academic and personal development”.

The report outlined that children make good progress in English, maths and science, and work and play in a “happy and safe environment”.

Teachers were said to plan and deliver their lessons well, and praise was given for the contribution of youngsters.

Headteacher Bob Carr said: “We are thrilled that Oftsed has recognised the school's achievements and highlighted our pupils' enjoyment of school and the commitment of our staff and school community to providing them with the best educational start to their lives.

“We know that our school can make even further progress and our staff, together with our governors, pupils and parents, are determined to continue to work together to build on this success.”

A total of 38 questionnaires were received by Ofsted from parents. Of these, 97pc said their child enjoyed school, and 87pc said their child was making enough progress.

Meanwhile, 84pc said the school was led and managed effectively, while 94pc said they were happy with their child's experience at the school.

Prospects for further improvements were judged to be good by inspectors, in particular because of an improved curriculum.

The school was tasked with further improvements including raising standards, particularly in writing and for more able pupils, clarifying precise learning outcomes for pupils, and widening their experience and understanding of other cultures.

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