'Good' times at Mepal and Witcham CofE Primary School as Ofsted praises teachers, governors and pupils

PUBLISHED: 14:16 30 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:01 01 December 2017

Mepal and Witcham CofE Primary School has been rated ‘good’ in all areas by Ofsted.

Mepal and Witcham CofE Primary School has been rated 'good' in all areas by Ofsted.

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Mepal and Witcham CofE Primary School has been rated 'good' in all areas by Ofsted.

The education watchdog said headteacher Louise Lomax and the school’s governors were ambitious for the success of their pupils, and that this was shared with pupils, parents and staff.

“Leaders, governors and parents work closely to ensure that pupils receive a good, well-rounded education,” said lead inspector, Susan Aykin, after visiting the school in October.

“School leaders accurately evaluate the school’s strengths and areas for development. They are acutely aware of the importance of raising standards for all pupils, including disadvantaged pupils,” she added.

Governors were also praised – Ms Aykin said they had developed a clear understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for further development.

The quality of teaching at the school was also judged to be good, with Ms Aykin saying leaders monitored the quality of teaching, learning and assessment frequently and effectively.

“The leadership’s unstinting focus on improving the quality of teaching, learning and assessment has ensured that the quality of teaching is consistently good,” she said.

“Relationships between leaders, staff and pupils are strong. Leaders’ high expectations are shared across the school.”

The schools’ 75 pupils were highlighted for their good behaviour and attitudes to work: “Pupils display consistently good behaviour both in the classroom and around the school,” the report said.

“They are kind, respectful and empathetic towards the needs of other pupils. Pupils follow school rules well. They move around the school with consideration for others and are courteous. Behaviour outside is exemplary.”

The school was told in order for it to be ‘outstanding,’ it was told it must challenge its most able pupils more and increase its opportunities for writing.

Headteacher Louise Lomax said: “I am delighted with the outcome of the inspection; it is the building block that the school needs as it continues to grow.

“The report reflects the hard work and time invested by the whole school community.”

Andrew Read, chief executive of the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust which runs the school added: “This is a wonderful success story, which is testament to the hard work of the whole school community - the children, teachers, school leadership team and trust staff.

“I am delighted that Ofsted have recognised the journey this school has been on, from joining the trust with an overall inadequate grading, to now being graded as good in all areas.”

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