‘School is getting better’ – Ofsted

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A Soham primary school, told it needed to improve, has now been rated good by Government inspectors.

They found that pupils’ achievement at The Weatheralls Primary School was improving consistently. Their attainment in Year 2 had risen and was now in line with the national average in reading, writing and mathematics.

An inspection in January last year had found pupil achievement, quality of teaching and leadership, and management, all needed to improve.

But after the visit of three Ofsted inspectors last month, lead inspector StJohn Burkett said teaching was good, and in some areas outstanding, and that the ‘considerable improvement’ had been brought about by strong leadership.

The 570 pupils were praised for their behaviour, which was said to be ‘good and sometimes outstanding’.

Headteacher Chrissy Barclay said: “I am absolutely delighted that the energy, hard work and commitment of children, staff and governors have been recognised by Ofsted and would like to thank them all, and our parents and carers, for their support. We look forward now to moving ahead with our vision of creating an inspiring learning community which gives children the firm foundations and aspirations for a bright future.”

The governing body was also praised. “Governors are not afraid to ask demanding questions and hold the school to account,” said the report.

To try for an outstanding rating, inspectors said some weaknesses had to be addressed, including making work more testing for more able pupils and dealing faster with parents’ concerns, particularly over the behaviour of a small number of pupils.