A school in Ely has been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted with several areas of its provision rated as ‘outstanding’. 

Ely St Mary’s CofE Junior School was visited by inspectors on April 19 and 20.  

They reported that ‘pupils benefit from the high ambitions that school leaders have for them’ and that ‘the curriculum provides a wide range of opportunities which enables pupils to thrive and fulfil their potential’. 

Staff and pupils were delighted to have been rated ‘outstanding’ in the areas of personal development and leadership and management, with quality of education and behaviour and attitudes being rated as ‘good’. 

Ofsted found many areas of the school's education to be exemplary, with the report stating that an ‘ambitious curriculum’ has been implemented and ‘leaders at every level inspire and provide a sense of direction across the school community.  

‘They share a common vision of providing pupils with the knowledge necessary to succeed in the future.’ 

Headteacher of Ely St Mary’s CofE Junior School, Rachel Clarke, said: “I am both immensely proud and pleased with the outcome of our recent Ofsted inspection. 

“Such judgements cannot be achieved on the inspection day; they are a culmination of the school’s continuous improvement and educational offer over the last six years and more since the previous inspection.

“Just like the children we teach, no school can truly be captured in a grade or single report. However, the recognition the school has received this year via our Ofsted and SIAMS reports goes some way to acknowledge the relentless pursuit of our vision to ensure that every child becomes the best that they can be.” 

Inspectors also highlighted the school’s efforts to ensure every child reads fluently, that staff are proud to work at the school and that pupils feel safe, well cared for and happy.