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Village school celebrates Ofsted success

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: April 04, 2014

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A PRIMARY school near Uttoxeter has been praised for its teaching standards in a recent Ofsted inspection.

Norbury C of E Primary School achieved a ‘good’ rating in the inspection, which took place in February.

Leadership, pupil behaviour and maturity, a friendly atmosphere and the work of governors were among the areas in which the school received praise.

Ofsted inspector Peter Sudworth said: “Good teaching enables the pupils to make good progress in reading, writing and science, and expected progress in mathematics.

“The headteacher leads the school well and keeps the quality of teaching under constant review, which improves its quality.

“Pupils behave well. They work and play cordially together and support one another. They have a good appreciation of how to keep themselves safe.

“Staff work as an effective team and find it a privilege to teach at this friendly, family school.

“The provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good and develops the pupils’ maturity.

“The school links in well with the local community and church. Community members are invited for lunch.

“Governors visit regularly and are very involved with the school.”

Head teacher Karen Forrest said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the outcome of the report.

“It’s been a long journey over the last two years. When I joined the school we’d just been rated ‘satisfactory’ but things are certainly on an upward curve now.

“One big contributor to our success has been our entry into the Forest Schools initiative.

“This allows us to use woodland near the school, where we get pupils outdoors and teach practical skills like cooking and trailing and numeracy and literacy are included in those sessions, which take place whatever the weather.

“That’s had a big part to play in changing the culture of the school and aspiring to teach our pupils to be more independent.

“Alongside academic learning, we think giving life skills like team building and personal and social education is extremely important.

“We still aspire to get an ‘outstanding’ rating in our next inspection and have an action plan set up with a view to achieving that.”

Only two factors prevented the school from being rated as ‘outstanding’.

Pupils were found not to make as much progress in maths as they did in English and staff responsible for subjects other than maths, English and science were found not to ‘have the skills to develop their subjects’.

Norbury’s report comes after three of Uttoxeter’s biggest schools, Oldfields Hall Middle School, Windsor Park Middle School and Thomas Alleyne’s High School, were told they ‘required improvement’ by Ofsted.

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