Gorleston school celebrating ‘dramatic improvement’

Peterhouse Church of England Primary Academy is celebrating a "dramatic improvement'. Picture: Peter

Peterhouse Church of England Primary Academy is celebrating a "dramatic improvement'. Picture: Peterhouse Church of England Primary Academy - Credit: Archant

A school in Gorleston is celebrating a “dramatic improvement” after receiving a ‘good’ Ofsted report.

Peterhouse Church of England Primary Academy was last judged to require improvement, prior to its conversion into an academy in April 2015.

But in the latest report, based upon a two day inspection in early March, the “passionate” staff, “excellent behaviour” of pupils and the “exciting and engaging” curriculum are heavily praised.

The report attributes much of the turnaround to headteacher, Ryan Freeman, and his leadership team.

Mr Freeman said: “I would like to thank each and every child and adult within the Peterhouse family. They have shown just how strong we can be when we all pull together.

“I would also like to thank the staff that are no longer working with us, who set up some great initiatives that I have been able to continue and develop.”

As well as becoming an academy in April 2015, the school also became a member of the Diocese of Norwich and Education Academies Trust (DNEAT) and teaches more than twice the national average proportion of children with disabilities and special educational needs.

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Mr Freeman added: “We are absolutely thrilled that our report recognises the hard work that our children and adults put in on a daily basis. We have already started work on our development points and we are determined to meet the DNEAT’s ambition of outstanding within three years.”

The report describes staff at the school as “passionate about ensuring pupils’ well-being and safety”, stating that “pupils are cared for exceptionally well”.

Lousie Rosen, DNEAT academies group executive principal, said staff deserved the praise.

“This grade affirms what the children and the staff at Peterhouse Primary Academy already know that they go to a good school,” she said. “Ryan and his team have worked tirelessly to improve key aspects of school life and as a result pupils are loving learning more and doing well.

“Credit goes to all the staff at Peterhouse.”

The report said that in order for the academy to improve further, the school must work on the early years foundation stage, where the progress of pupils is less consistent.