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PUBLISHED: 15:27 24 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 July 2010

Laura Bagshaw

PUPILS at a school in Bradwell are enjoying good education with outstanding features, according to inspectors.

Ofsted found that pupils at Homefield First and Nursery School enjoyed attending school and were benefiting from an “outstanding, rich and varied curriculum”.

PUPILS at a school in Bradwell are enjoying good education with outstanding features, according to inspectors.

Ofsted found that pupils at Homefield First and Nursery School enjoyed attending school and were benefiting from an “outstanding, rich and varied curriculum”.

Inspectors from the education watchdog visited the Bradwell school last month and ruled that the school's 264 pupils have a positive attitude to their work and are making better progress than similar pupils nationally.

The school was praised for meeting the learning needs of every pupil and for its focus on the personal development and well-being of its pupils.

Ofsted also said pastoral support was strong and commended the way the school tackles poor behaviour.

Teaching and learning received good marks across the board with some areas recognised as outstanding. Pupils' progress is tracked “carefully” and teachers act “promptly” if children begin to fall behind.

Inspectors also praised the use of a “traffic light system” whereby pupils show teachers coloured cards indicating how challenging their work was.

Ofsted said the leadership and management of the school was “good” with a “clear vision and commitment, driven by the headteacher and deputy head, and shared by all staff”.

The report added that the school had made a “concerted drive” to combat falling attendance meaning pupils are missing fewer days.

Headteacher Elizabeth Davis said: “Everyone at the school is thrilled with this report, particularly that it pays such attention to our focus on developing the well-being of our pupils.

“We are determined to support each individual pupil to reach his or her potential and the standards reached by our pupils is testament to this.

“I would like to thank staff, governors, parents and, of course, our pupils, for helping make our school such a success.”

To improve further Ofsted said teachers needed to ensure consistency in the quality of presentation of children's work and that target setting and marking tell pupils how to improve their work.

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