Children enjoy days at infants school

 Caister village sign.Picture: James Bass

Caister village sign.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Attendance at an infant school has improved because “pupils enjoy school”.

Following a “short inspection” in June this year, Ofsted rated Caister Infants in Kingston Avenue as Good.

Since the last inspection in May 2012, attendance rates have improved, which inspector Maria Curry said was down to pupils enjoying school. She added one child even said: “We don’t want to go home.”

The report praised the new headteacher Nick Southgate, who started six months prior to the inspection. Ms Curry said: “You have wisely taken time to listen to staff, getting to know how the school works and identifying its many strengths before planning changes.”

She added: “Staff feel their expertise and knowledge is valued, as reflected in the positive responses from staff questionnaires received during the inspection.

“As a result, a strong sense of teamwork has been maintained since the last inspection and continues to grow.”

Since the last inspection, leaders put in place steps to improve writing so high standards achieved in reading and mathematics were also reached in writing.

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Now the proportion of pupils who achieve higher levels in writing at the end of Year 2 has improved, and standards in writing are above national averages.

However more needs to be done to improve writing skills to the same high level as the children’s attainment in reading and maths.

The report noted while progress was closely monitored, not enough had been put in place to ensure the most able disadvantaged pupils achieve as well as others.

Pupils with special educational needs make good progress.

In a questionnaire, parents said overall they are also pleased the school continues to meet the needs of their children well.

The next steps for the school Ms Curry said are to narrow the gap in achievement in writing between boys and girls, and between disadvantaged pupils and others at the end of Year 2.