Report praises Ormesby infant school

CHILDREN at a small village infant school make such good progress that they leave having learned more than most other children their age, according to Ofsted.

A government inspector visited Ormesby Village Infant School in March and declared there was no under-achievement, negligible bullying and that every child mattered.

Her report is brimming with praise for the 112-pupil school where there was little to find fault with and everything was at the top end of “good” - and not too far off “outstanding,” it suggests.

The school did well across all four major judgements to achieve an overall “good”, bolstered by praise and positive feedback about standards, high expectations and behaviour.

Children are said to delight in their learning and carry out their duties with enthusiasm. Most are working at above average levels for reading and writing and are able to celebrate their success.

“Their good social skills shine through all that they do,” the report adds.

The findings back up the overwhelmingly positive feedback from parents who said their children were taught well.

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Pupils get on noticeably well together and hate to miss school where learning is fun and all relationships are “excellent.”

The inspector noted the school was connecting better with people from other cultures since the last inspection but pointed to some inconsistencies with the teaching of phonics which could have an impact on less able children who found the work more difficult anyway.

Head teacher Lucy Bates said: “We are delighted with this report which is a testament to our wonderful children and their supportive families and our dedicated staff and governors.

“The report clearly states we have continued to raise standards in all areas of school life since the last inspection in February 2009. We acknowledge that areas for development still remain and we are already working hard to address these.

“The report praises not only the children’s attainment and progress but also their social skills and the courtesy and respect they show for others.

“Our aim is to create a happy and exciting environment which nurtures and supports each and every child and the inspector clearly found the evidence to show that this is the case.

“The school has been graded ‘good’ in all five areas – overall effectiveness, achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.

“The inspector praised in particular the school’s rigorous self-evaluation and planning, the good progress the children make, the high expectations of pupils’ behaviour and attitudes and the head teacher and governing body’s high aspirations for staff and pupils.

“The important thing is we are a better ‘good’ than we were before.”