Inspector’s praise for Ely primary school

PUBLISHED: 08:23 13 March 2015

Pupils from St Johns Primary School, Ely, with Head Teacher Miss Liz Bassett,

Pupils from St Johns Primary School, Ely, with Head Teacher Miss Liz Bassett,

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The quality of teaching at a primary school in Ely is good and steadily improving, according to government inspectors.

Ofsted said pupils at Ely St John’s Primary School were well behaved and were making great progress in reading, spelling and grammar.

There was also praise for head teacher Liz Bassett and the school was rated good.

Mike Capper, Ofsted inspector, said: “The school is ably led by the head teacher. She is supported well by her senior leadership team.

“They have established a culture of high expectations that lead consistently to good standards in teaching, pupils’ achievement and behaviour.

“Leaders work relentlessly to promote equality of opportunity, foster good relationships and tackle discrimination. Pupils develop positive attitudes towards their learning because their relationships with their teachers are exceptionally strong. “Teachers ensure that pupils understand what they are learning and can work without fear of failure.”

Mr Capper also praised the enthusiasm of pupils for after-school clubs and excellent attendance rates.

He said: “Pupils are clear about the importance of good behaviour and conduct themselves well when moving around school.

“Their behaviour at lunchtimes and playtimes is good. They play together happily and take very good care of each other. Playground routines are very clearly established and are adhered to diligently by pupils.”

In order to make the leap from good to outstanding, Mr Capper said the school needed to increase the amount of “outstanding teaching”, while making sure that the most able pupils were provided with challenging work.


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