Pupils win praise for ‘outstanding attitude’

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Schoolchildren in Burwell have received glowing praise from Government inspectors for their “outstanding attitudes to learning”.

The behaviour and safety of Burwell Village College pupils was rated “outstanding” by Ofsted in its latest inspection, while the school was given an overall rating of “good” - an improvement from the its previous “satisfactory” rating.

In his report, lead inspector Nick Butt said: “Pupils behave extremely well in class and around the school. They apply themselves fully to whatever tasks they are set. Their levels of cooperation and partnership are exemplary.”

He also praised leadership at the school, which was rated “good”, particularly headteacher Nicholas Smith and deputy headteacher Rowena Watts for their “unrelenting focus on driving improvement”.

The report said: “Concerted actions by leaders, managers and governors have improved teaching and raised achievement since the previous inspection.”

In a letter to parents, Mr Smith said: “The school has come a long way in the last three years and the staff and governors have worked very hard indeed.

“At a time when many schools are being downgraded from their last inspection, we have improved and this is a fantastic achievement. We are really pleased and can look ahead with confidence.”

He added: “Thank you to all the staff and governors for all their hard work and for your support as parents. And we must not forget the behaviour of the pupils, which is outstanding.”

The achievement of pupils and quality of teaching were both given “good” ratings.

The report said children made good progress in reception, were well prepared for Year 1, and achieved well across the school with “rapidly rising” standards.

Teachers were praised for having high expectations of what pupils could achieve, using technology well to engage and interest children, and for “good questioning which makes pupils think deeply about their work”.

To reach the highest overall rating of “outstanding”, the school was told it needed to raise achievement in writing and spelling, improve marking across the school and “build challenge into all aspects of learning, so all pupils make rapid and sustained progress”.