Headteacher's 'renewed energy and vision' helps Little Thetford CofE VC Primary School claim 'good' Ofsted report

Little Thetford Head Teacher Johnny Wallace, with some of his pupils, celebrating a good Ofsted report,

Little Thetford Head Teacher Johnny Wallace, with some of his pupils, celebrating a good Ofsted report,

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Leadership, pupil behaviour and governors at Little Thetford CofE VC Primary School were all praised as the school received a 'good' grading in its most recent short Ofsted report.

The school, on Green Hill, was assessed by inspector Kim Hall earlier this month, and headteacher, Jonathan Wallace, was commended for his work since taking over at the school last year.

Ms Hall’s report said how staff had described the school under Mr Wallace’s leadership as ‘even better than it was before,’ and he has brought a ‘renewed energy and vision’ to school improvement.

The efforts the school is making in improving pupils’ reading skills was also noted, with Ms Hall saying that ‘staff are working hard to make sure pupils make the progress of which they are capable.’

The school had seen a drop of achievement in reading last year, but Mr. Wallace’s efforts in rectifying the problem were pointed out, with Ms. Hall saying he had ‘wasted no time in addressing this issue.’

The behaviour of the school’s pupils stood out in Ms Hall’s report, and the inspector described them as ‘extremely polite and well mannered,’ and said that conduct at the school was ‘exemplary.’

Ms Hall also said pupils are ‘overwhelmingly positive’ about their education, and that they are proud of their school environment and the friendships they make.

She said governors have ‘an accurate view of what is working well and what could be made better still’ and that they hold school leaders to account ‘increasingly well’ for the progress that pupils make.

As a whole, the school, which teaches pupils age four to 11, was hailed as a ‘very purposeful place to learn with strong and distinctive Christian values and ethos.’

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