Pupils learning with a smile

Paddocks Primary School pupils with headteacher Amanda Thompson after receiving a glowing Ofsted report
Paddocks Primary School pupils with headteacher Amanda Thompson after receiving a glowing Ofsted report

Paddocks Primary School in Newmarket was said to be a rapidly improving school with rising standards and where pupils’ progress was accelerating.

Headteacher Amanda Thompson said: “We have been on a journey over the last couple of years since we fell into the ‘requires improvement’ category. The school is now graded as good and we are particularly pleased that the inspectors graded us as outstanding for behaviour and safety. This reflects the hard work of staff, parents and children and we are very proud.”

Inspectors found that lessons captured pupils’ interest and enthusiasm and more students were on course to exceed expected rates of progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs also made good progress.

Leadership and management was good and issues raised at the previous Ofsted in 2013 had been successfully addressed.

Children’s behaviour was outstanding. “They are courteous, helpful and learn with a smile” stated the report and behaviour was managed exceptionally well. Pupils’ attitudes to learning throughout the school was described as ‘exceptional’.

Work to ensure pupils were safe was said to be outstanding and staff responded with care and sensitivity when children were upset,

There was evidence of rapid improvements in achievement across the school which was expected to continue.

To become an outstanding school inspectors say some lessons needed to give the more able pupils the opportunity to move forward. Improvements in spelling, grammar and punctuation also needed to continue.