Primary school praised for its outstanding efforts

ISLEHAM Primary School has chalked up top marks with a Government inspector who found outstanding leadership and outstanding teaching. Almost every area of the school, which caters for 202 pupils aged between 4 and 11, received the highest rating for Ofst

ISLEHAM Primary School has chalked up top marks with a Government inspector who found outstanding leadership and outstanding teaching.

Almost every area of the school, which caters for 202 pupils aged between 4 and 11, received the highest rating for Ofsted - the Office for Standards in Education during a recent inspection.

The inspector said pupils learned quickly and well because teachers expected high standards and accepted nothing less.

"Teachers prepare work which is very well matched to pupils' needs and they provide both interesting and challenging activities," the inspector said. "Teachers use the interactive whiteboards exceptionally well to enliven learning and to clarify their teaching.

"The care and support that pupils receive is outstanding. All the staff know the pupils very well. They ensure that they are kept safe and that there are high levels of care. All arrangements for the safeguarding of pupils are excellent."

Pupils in turn were praised for their good behaviour and attitudes to work.

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The inspector found them very keen to work hard and extremely well motivated by the outstanding teaching.

"Pupils' personal development is good," the inspector's report added. "Some aspects are excellent. Their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding."

Leadership, management and governance were all described as outstanding.

"The headteacher demonstrates exemplary leadership skills and sets a clear agenda for raising standards," the report went on. "Everyone matters in this school and teamwork is one of the keys to its success."

The school was encouraged to ensure the progress of pupils who find learning hard is even more closely monitored.

Headteacher Valerie Ellerker said: "I am very pleased with this OfSTED judgement, as it reflects the dedication and effective teamwork of everyone connected to the school. "Nurturing the children in their care, helped by successful teams of support staff, governors and by partnership with parents, our teachers enable pupils to enjoy learning and success.

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