Ofsted impressed by improvements

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A headteacher’s “determination and commitment” has been praised by Ofsted as her school was given a ‘good’ rating.

At a previous inspection, Rodmell Primary had been told it required improvement but, thanks to the work of staff and governors, the key issues were successfully addressed.

Inspector Julie Sackett said of headteacher Leanne Winterton: “The headteacher has worked with determination and commitment to ensure the school’s work improves. Teamwork is strong in this small village school.

“The headteacher has very successfully involved all staff and governors in making sure that the quality of teaching and learning is better than it was at the time of the previous inspection.”

Ms Sackett noted pupils’ attainment at the end of Key Stage 2 had improved and was above average in 2015; while the results of the Year 1 check in phonics – letters and the sounds they make – were much better in 2015 than in previous years and were above the national averages.

As well an increase in the children’s performance, the report said staff recognised the “considerable improvements” made at Rodmell and that, as such, morale was high.

Ms Sackett highlighted two issues which needed to be addressed if the school was to improve further.

The first was for teachers to ensure pupils used all newly learned spelling in their written work; the second was to ensure activities in the early years outdoor area were of the same good quality as those inside the Reception classroom.

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