Chiddingly Primary School has “improved strongly” to achieve a rating of ‘good’ with aspects of ‘outstanding’ from Ofsted inspectors.
The school was told it required improvement in its previous inspection, in 2013, but has since taken huge steps forward to achieve an overall rating of good, with early years provision in particular being judged as outstanding.
The report stated: “After a turbulent period following the previous inspection, Chiddingly has improved strongly. Leaders know the school well. They use this knowledge effectively to make sure the school moves in the right direction and teaching is improving.
“Across the school, pupils’ outcomes are at least good and sometimes better. The standards they reach are rising.
“Disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special educational needs and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils do similarly well. They often catch up with other pupils when their starting points are lower.
“Teaching is good. Pupils remember the things they learn well and adults question them carefully to check that their understanding is secure.
“The excellent early years provision wastes no time in making sure children make rapid strides in their learning. This is because adults understand each child’s needs exceptionally well. Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are good. They recognise their school is getting better and feel safe and proud to be Chiddingly pupils.”
Executive head James Procter said: “Following our Ofsted, I am extremely proud of the children, staff, Governors and parents at the school.
“Chiddingly has improved strongly. The culture of high expectation and aspiration is clear. We are in a position of strength, completely committed to providing outstanding education to our pupils.
“This is an exciting place to come and learn where the pitch of lessons reflects the high expectations of the school. We are passionate, enthusiastic and committed to ensuring every single class is engaged, excited and challenged by the learning experiences here. Every day counts and every child matters and our focus on their needs is relentless. We are very ambitious for the school while remaining committed to the children’s happiness and wellbeing at all times. We are also pleased the shared learning of the federation was acknowledged. We welcome your partnership in a school committed to educational excellence.”
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