‘Good’ Ofsted report for Tasburgh school

Pupils' enthusiastic enjoyment of lessons and their outstanding behaviour has been highlighted at a south Norfolk school rated this week as good by Ofsted.

Inspectors also praised Preston CofE Primary School, in Tasburgh, for making its 100 children feel 'exceptionally safe' following a two- day visit in January.

Their subsequent report said: 'Preston Primary School is a good school. It has significant strengths in its pastoral care and its engaging curriculum.

As a result pupils enjoy all aspects of school in an environment in which they feel exceptionally safe.

'All pupils are known very well by staff and if they or their parents have concerns, the school listens and acts on these promptly and openly.'

It added: 'Pupils' enjoyment of school is palpable. Their attendance is high and their behaviour is outstanding.'

Parents paint an 'overwhelmingly positive' picture of the school, which is 'well led and managed' and knows its strengths and weaknesses, said the report.

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It added that a 'large majority' of pupils make good progress in their learning, with children gaining above average results in last year's Year Six national tests which was also an improvement on the results obtained in 2009.

But improvements in tracking pupils' progress has highlighted gaps in pupils' writing abilities. Although a new programme to address this has begun with the younger children, older pupils have not benefited from this and make just satisfactory progress in their writing in comparison to their reading and mathematics.

The report suggested that teachers concentrate on correcting spelling, punctuation and grammar and developing pupil's confidence in writing pieces of substantial length to raise standards.

It praised teaching as being good, with 'well planned' lessons and marking which consistently gives children pointers for improvements, but asked for more work to be done to ensure pupils' understand their targets and to establish a more robust tracking system for their progress in science.