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Ofsted praise for Corton Primary School

PUBLISHED: 15:27 06 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:13 06 June 2017

Pupils and staff at Corton Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School celebrate their Ofsted grading success. Picture: Courtesy of Corton Primary School

Pupils and staff at Corton Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School celebrate their Ofsted grading success. Picture: Courtesy of Corton Primary School

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Pupils and staff at a village primary school are jumping for joy.

Corton Primary School is celebrating after receiving a good rating following its assessment by the education watchdog Ofsted.

The school, based in The Street, received a short one-day inspection in March.

Inspector Paul Tomkow said that the school “ensures that pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good,” and “pupils have a real pride in their school.”

Nicola Rowland, headteacher, said: “I am delighted to receive this good report which accurately reflects our school and the commitment and dedication of all pupils, staff, governors, parents and carers.

“I am so pleased to see that Mr Tomkow was able to witness for himself the children’s enjoyment, love of learning and desire to come to school.”

Corton Primary School has 112 pupils aged between four and 11, and when it was last inspected in July 2012 it was given a good rating.

The Ofsted report praised the dedication of staff and said: “A strong collaborative ethos is evident in all aspects of the school’s work and the curriculum is enriched by various activities both during the school day, and in before and after school clubs.

“Children get off to a flying start in the reception class and make good progress across the early years because teaching is effective.”

Mr Tomkow noted that the teachers were highly skilled in teaching phonics, which was an area to develop from the previous inspection.

A parent from the school said: “Corton is everything a primary school should be. The children enjoy their time there and the importance of learning is instilled within them.”

In assessing the next steps for the school, the report states: “In order to ensure that the school continues to improve, school leaders and those responsible for governance should ensure that: there is clear guidance, in the school’s marking and assessment policy, on how teachers should respond to errors in punctuation, grammar and spelling subject leaders are more effective in improving the quality of work in their specific areas.”

Mrs Rowland added: “My sincere thanks go to all pupils, parents/carers and governors for their continued support.”

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