It's official! Weatheralls Primary School is outstanding

PUBLISHED: 13:33 12 June 2007 | UPDATED: 12:32 04 May 2010

The Weatheralls Primary School in Soham has been categorised as outstanding in every area of provision, according to a Government inspector. The inspector from OfSTED - the Office for Standards in Education - said the school s success was built on the ex

The Weatheralls Primary School in Soham has been categorised as outstanding in every area of provision, according to a Government inspector.

The inspector from OfSTED - the Office for Standards in Education - said the school's success was built on the excellent leadership of the headteacher and other key staff who value and encourage every pupil to achieve as well as he or she can. The school is highly valued by pupils and parents.

He said the outstanding teaching in the Foundation Stage and in Years 1 to 6 helped pupils to enjoy learning and make excellent progress.

"Teachers provide stimulating and enjoyable lessons. They know their pupils very well and provide outstanding support and guidance for their personal and academic development.

"The partnership between teachers and teaching assistants is very effective in providing individual support.

"Achievement is outstanding throughout the school. Excellent progress continues throughout the school as a result of consistently high quality teaching," said the inspector's report.

Pupils in turn were highlighted for their behaviour and attitudes to learning. "Pupils' personal development and well being are outstanding. They clearly enjoy school. Their attendance is good and they have enthusiastic attitudes in lessons. Their behaviour is exemplary in class and around the school.

"Their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding and clearly reflects the school's caring ethos," added the inspector.

The leadership of headteacher Trevor Parsons was also described as outstanding. "The headteacher has a clear vision of how he wants the school to improve. He has shared this effectively with his staff and governors to provide a unity of purpose and has implemented it successfully through detailed improvement planning.

"His influential and positive style encourages and enables all staff to contribute very well to improving the school. In a very effective partnership with his assistant heads, other key staff and an influential governing body, he closely evaluates teaching and how it supports pupils' learning.

"Governors provide excellent support to the school and exercise effective oversight. Outstanding self-evaluation procedures provide a clear understanding of what is going well and what needs further improvement," said the inspector's report.

"Given the outstanding influence of the headteacher, the very strong team approach, excellent parental support and the outstanding improvement since the last inspection, the school is ideally placed to improve further," it concluded.

The school was encouraged to enable all pupils to acquire and use the key skills needed to organise their writing and solve number problems.

Headteacher Trevor Parsons said: "We are delighted with this inspection report which acknowledges the outstanding work of pupils, parents, staff and governors in providing high quality education and care for all our pupils.

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