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Good grades for Roman Hill Primary

PUBLISHED: 10:46 05 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:57 05 July 2010

ROMAN Hill Primary School has received good grades across the board during their latest Ofsted inspection.

A particular focus was on headteacher Sandra Batley, who was seen to have maintained her strong, purposeful leadership with high aspirations.

ROMAN Hill Primary School has received good grades across the board during their latest Ofsted inspection.

A particular focus was on headteacher Sandra Batley, who was seen to have maintained her strong, purposeful leadership with high aspirations.

In spite of a very high turnover of teaching and support staff, improvement since the last inspection was also judged to be outstanding at the Lowestoft school.

“There has been excellent improvement in the school's provision since its last inspection,” said the report.

“Central to the success is the headteacher's outstanding leadership and inspirational vision for a school where pupils feel secure, self-confident and achieve well.

“Very effective links with a wide range of outside agencies support pupils' learning and emotional needs and if necessary, their families. Outstanding care and good guidance and support for all its pupils underpins their success.”

Although attendance is below the national average, it has improved. Standards are broadly average, but pupils achieve well because teaching is good and often outstanding.

By the end of year two, standards for reading, writing, mathematics and science are broadly average, demonstrating very good progress and a significant rise in standards from the inadequate levels noted at the last inspection.

Pupils were seen to be positive about learning, enjoying their lessons and taking part in plenty of physical activities.

They work as school councillors, playground buddies and play leaders and are also involved in the local community through links with the church, charity fundraising and performing in concerts.

Inspectors commended teachers for their clear planning, which ensures lessons are interesting and pitched at the right level.

The curriculum has also been improved significantly, with a clear focus on using basic literary and numeracy skills.

Mrs Batley said she was absolutely delighted with the result.

“We have some lovely children and some really hard working staff. I am really pleased as we had a huge hill to climb from the last inspection. The best thing about it was they confirmed our belief that we are a good school,” she said.

Mrs Batley said she was particular pleased to have been praised for their equality of opportunity, their musical provisions and special needs facilities.

The school has been asked to raise standards further in writing, teach letter sounds more rigorously in the early year's foundation stage so that children make better progress in developing early literary skills and improve attendance and punctuality.

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