Kelsale Primary School retains ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted
PUBLISHED: 08:08 17 June 2017 | UPDATED: 08:08 17 June 2017
A Suffolk school has celebrated maintaining its recent track record with inspectors.
Kelsale Primary School, near Saxmundham, retained its ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted.
Headteacher Carolyn Taylor praised everyone involved in the running of the school for helping to keep the rating awarded in 2013.
“I’m so pleased that, in just one day, the inspector was able to see and appreciate our school as the happy, caring, welcoming and effective school it is,” she said.
“I am very proud of my school, and my team, who work exceptionally hard to create a thriving learning environment, where all children succeed and enjoy learning.
“I am very grateful to governors and parents for their support and commitment – and I must not forget the pupils, who are so well behaved and a joy to teach.”
During the visit, Ofsted inspector Gulshan Kayembe found continuing strength in personal development of pupils, and that behaviour in lessons and around the school was ‘impeccable’.
Pupils were said to enjoy learning and stay focused in lessons – with those joining the midway through their primary education settling in rapidly, thanks to a ‘warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere’.
The children were observed to thrive as learners, becoming confident and self-assured, and understanding their strengths and weaknesses. In their owns words, pupils said how approachable they found teachers, and that staff helped them understand work, especially when it was difficult.
During Reception year, children were seen to be provided a good range of well-structured activities to help them prepare for Year One.
Adults effectively questioned and supported children to help develop skills, including in early reading, writing and mathematics.
Following a disappointing set of results in the phonics screening check and reading tests in 2016, swift action had resulted in improvements. Results in 2016 also showed a gap in attainment of disadvantaged pupils, and others, in reading and writing. However, implemented strategies were having a positive impact.
Ofsted requested that more writing activities be included in other areas of early learning to help extend the skill further. The inspector also asked the school to ensure an effective system is in place to analyse how well support for pupils with special educational needs helped them progress.