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Ofsted praises school's ethos of high expectations and ambition

PUBLISHED: 16:37 24 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:39 26 March 2018

Headteacher Jo Viner with pupils at Reydon Primary School, which has been rated good by Ofsted. Picture: Reydon Primary School.

Headteacher Jo Viner with pupils at Reydon Primary School, which has been rated good by Ofsted. Picture: Reydon Primary School.

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A north Suffolk primary school has been rated good in its first Ofsted inspection since joining the Active Learning Trust.

Headteacher Jo Viner (left) and deputy head Linda Ellis (right) with pupils at Reydon Primary School, which has been rated good by Ofsted. Picture: Reydon Primary School.Headteacher Jo Viner (left) and deputy head Linda Ellis (right) with pupils at Reydon Primary School, which has been rated good by Ofsted. Picture: Reydon Primary School.

Inspectors visited Reydon Primary School in February and praised the newly appointed leaders for making positive changes to the school.

The report, which rated the school good in all five key areas, highlighted the strong community atmosphere where adults are good role models for pupils.

It said: “Since the school became a member of the Active Learning Trust, leaders, governors and trustees have worked together to develop an ethos of high expectations and ambition. Staff demonstrate a commitment and determination to support pupils to succeed, and pupils have responded positively to these high expectations.”

The school’s new headteacher, Jo Viner, said: “I speak on behalf of the whole school when I say that we are delighted with the outcome of our February Ofsted visit. This is our first report since we joined the Active Learning Trust in April 2015 and the school has progressed tremendously since that time.”

Inspectors said that pupils behave well around the school, treat adults and other pupils with respect and take pride in what they achieve.

It also said teachers have an accurate understanding of how well their pupils are doing because leaders have introduced rigorous assessment systems.

Mrs Viner added: “It’s so rewarding to see that Ofsted commended our school for its effective leadership, strong safeguarding and improved standards in children’s work and behaviour, and of our in-depth understanding of the strengths and improvements needed for the school to reach this high-quality result. The support offered from the other schools within the Active Learning Trust has also been invaluable in ensuring that all of our children continue to make good progress and achieve the standards they are capable of.”

Inspectors said further improvements to the quality of teaching, learning and assessment could be achieved by improving the standard of writing across the broader curriculum by correcting pupils’ repeated misunderstandings in grammar and punctuation more rigorously.

It also said the school should continue to develop middle leaders as subject leaders to improve standards across the broader curriculum by following the example of the leaders of English, maths and science.

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