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Stalham school Ofsted success

PUBLISHED: 13:19 10 March 2008 | UPDATED: 10:35 03 July 2010

STANDARDS at a Stalham school "rose well" last year due to good leadership and management.

In its latest Ofsted report Stalham Infant School was regarded as providing "good quality education" and that the school had strived to improve pupils' written and spoken English and reading "to good effect.

STANDARDS at a Stalham school “rose well” last year due to good leadership and management.

In its latest Ofsted report Stalham Infant School was regarded as providing “good quality education” and that the school had strived to improve pupils' written and spoken English and reading “to good effect.”

Inspectors noted that parents were “unanimously positive” about the 65-pupil school which they see as a “happy school” where pupils progressed well.

The report features part of a letter from a parent who says: “I have found this school a safe, fun and very friendly place.”

Ofsted said the good liaison with parents began at the reception year to which children are “sensitively introduced” to and as a result parents were able “to make a good contribution to their children's learning and achievement.”

Reading is taught well in the school and most pupils achieve well and above average standards by year two. Pupils' progress is accurately analysed and extra help is given to those pupils that are not reaching standards for their age.

Pupils who find learning difficult make good progress because they receive “frequent and tailored” support from teachers and teaching assistants.

However, the report states that teachers' feedback and marking of work does not always provide pupils with enough guidance on how to improve their work.

As a result inspectors said: “…occasionally, the curriculum is not sufficiently modified to meet the needs of these pupils.”

Pupils' relationships are good and they behave well but Ofsted believes the school needs to do more for their personal development. Inspectors noticed that pupils show “little understanding of the cultures and traditions of people from minority ethnic backgrounds who live in Britain.”

Overall the school is considered good with a headteacher that provides “clear direction” and ensures staff “strive” to achieve ambitious targets for future standards.

The report said: “The school's success in improving provision and standards indicate that it had a good capacity to continue to improve further.”

Ofsted told the school to improve pupils' work in maths and science, improve teachers' marking and feedback on work and improve pupils' understanding of traditions of people from minority ethnic backgrounds who live in Britain.

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