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School's positive Ofsted report

PUBLISHED: 16:54 15 May 2008 | UPDATED: 11:04 03 July 2010

OUTSTANDING: The behaviour of pupils at Hopton Primary was described as 'outstanding.'

OUTSTANDING: The behaviour of pupils at Hopton Primary was described as 'outstanding.'

Laura Bagshaw

PUPILS at a Hopton school are celebrating after inspectors ruled their behaviour was outstanding and they were receiving a good education.

Ofsted ruled that Hopton Primary School was a “good school” and was “much appreciated by parents”.

PUPILS at a Hopton school are celebrating after inspectors ruled their behaviour was outstanding and they were receiving a good education.

Ofsted ruled that Hopton Primary School was a “good school” and was “much appreciated by parents”. They judged the school good in every inspected category and said pupils hugely enjoyed their time there.

Inspectors said the school was coping well with its transition from a first school to a primary school and praised the school's leadership, management and teaching.

The curriculum was judged as well planned, with strong links between subjects such as mathematics and science and drama and English. Teaching was also judged good, with some outstanding teaching combining “a huge sense of fun and a brisk pace”.

Inspectors said pupils were highly motivated, behaved exceptionally well and that attendance was improving and was above average.

Brigid Smith, the school's new headteacher, said: “I arrived at the school after Ofsted had visited but had been working closely with the school before I took up my post last month.

“It has been apparent from my first day that this is a very good school and I can see why Ofsted was so impressed, particularly with the behaviour of our pupils and the dedication of our staff.

“I am looking forward to building on these many successes and working to further strengthen our commitment to supporting each individual pupil to reach their potential.”

Oftsed said pupils “flourish in the school's caring ethos” and said children enjoy school because they “feel utterly safe and secure and rate their teachers highly”.

No bullying was reported at the school by pupils of all ages and inspectors said that roles undertaken by children including school councillors, house captains, playground buddies and monitors, helped them respect one another.

Relationships between adults and children in the school were deemed “very strong” and inspectors said the school's 154 pupils received “useful feedback”.

Achievement was found to be good overall because “teachers know pupils very well and carefully plan the next steps for different groups of children, whatever their starting points”.

Ofsted said adults “worked well” as a team and therefore set a good example to children. Teachers and assistants keep a “close eye” on how well children are doing and this information is then used to build on children's success.

To improve Ofsted said the school should organise information about pupils' progress to make it easier to analyse and ensure subject leaders evaluate developments in their areas more often.


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