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Diss Infant and Nursery School with Children’s Centre is praised for making pupils feel “happy and safe”

PUBLISHED: 09:30 03 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:45 03 October 2017

Diss Infant and Nursery School pupils and staff celebrate getting a 'good' rating after a short Ofsted rating. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Diss Infant and Nursery School pupils and staff celebrate getting a 'good' rating after a short Ofsted rating. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A school has been praised for the way its pupils are nurtured and supported.

Diss Infant and Nursery School pupils and staff celebrate getting a 'good' rating after a short Ofsted rating. Year two pupils and staff at the split school's second site, Diss Junior School. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDiss Infant and Nursery School pupils and staff celebrate getting a 'good' rating after a short Ofsted rating. Year two pupils and staff at the split school's second site, Diss Junior School. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Diss Infant and Nursery School with Children’s Centre has continued to be rated as ‘good’ following a short Ofsted inspection.

The inspector said pupils at the school, on Fitzwalter Road, are “highly engaged in lessons and enthusiastic about their learning”.

The report said: “Leaders and staff look after pupils well. A strong culture of care is evident and, consequently, pupils are happy and safe at school.”

It added: “The deputy headteacher, who is the school’s safeguarding lead, knows children and pupils across the school extremely well as individuals.

Diss Infant and Nursery School with Children's Centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDiss Infant and Nursery School with Children's Centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“She maintains a close eye on those who are more in need of support and help.”

The school was also praised for working closely with parents.

During an inspection in May 2013 the school was rated as ‘good’.

It was noted the school needed to improve pupil’s handwriting and said they needed to join their letters together at an earlier stage.

Diss Infant and Nursery School with Children's Centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDiss Infant and Nursery School with Children's Centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

In the recent inspection, held on May 24, the inspector praised the school for taking the improvements on board.

They said: “Pupils now have more opportunities to practise their writing skills in English and in other subjects.”

The report also praised teachers and teaching assistants who now “question pupils more effectively to challenge their thinking and ensure that they are actively engaged and involved in learning”.

On the Ofsted report deputy headteacher Lyn Schug said: “The school is absolutely delighted to have the recognition it deserves as it continues to be a good school and will work towards the two identified areas on our journey to outstanding.”

The reporter noted the next steps for the infant and nursery school were to make sure staff are “more forensic in analysing the progress of different groups of pupils so that all children and pupils are challenged to achieve well”.

And secondly to “improve the transition between year one and year two” so all groups of pupils “continue to make good progress in reading and mathematics and have good opportunities to practise writing”.

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