A primary school near Gorleston has been praised by the education watchdog for giving children 'a flying start' in maths and reading.

Woodlands Primary Academy, on Church Walk in Bradwell, has been rated 'good' by Ofsted for the second time in a row.

Inspectors visited the school in late April and said that "staff know pupils well and place them at the centre of their work".

"This is a friendly school where everyone is welcome. Pupils are happy and safe.

"Unkindness and bullying are rare. Should any bullying occur, pupils are confident that staff will sort it out," inspectors said.

Great Yarmouth Mercury: Inspectors said that Woodlands Primary School in Bradwell was friendly and welcoming. Inspectors said that Woodlands Primary School in Bradwell was friendly and welcoming. (Image: Woodlands Primary School)

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The report noted that pupils learn a broad range of subjects, talk with excitement about their learning, and leave Year 6 prepared for learning at secondary school.

One area where teachers could improve was using more effective assessment of what pupils know and can do.

"This means misconceptions go unchecked and some pupils do not have the secure understanding of important subject knowledge needed for future learning," the inspectors said.

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The report said that the early years provision, including the nursery, is a strength of the school.

"Children get off to a flying start in reading, language and mathematics skills."

Ed Pearson-Shaul, acting headteacher at Woodlands Primary Academy, said: “I would like to say a massive thank you to all our staff, pupils and parents for all their hard work and support.

"This report shows that we are a friendly school, with high ambitions for all our pupils.

"I am so pleased to see that our staff’s commitment and care to pupils has been recognised.

"Our school community is built on kindness and tolerance and we are also committed to making sure all our pupils reach their full potential.  

"We will continue to work together to build and improve on this success," he added.