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Village primary gets 'good' Ofsted rating despite 'too small' school site

PUBLISHED: 10:40 20 November 2019 | UPDATED: 10:40 20 November 2019

2019 pupils at Palgrave Primary School judged good following an Ofsted inspection despite the limitations of its size. Picture: Palgrave C of E Primary School

2019 pupils at Palgrave Primary School judged good following an Ofsted inspection despite the limitations of its size. Picture: Palgrave C of E Primary School

Palgrave C of E Primary School

A popular village primary school seeking to expand has been praised for the quality of its teaching despite the size limitations of its current site.

Headteacher Julia Waters and pupils from Palgrave Primary School pictured in 2017. Picture: Nikki Lamb and Julia WatersHeadteacher Julia Waters and pupils from Palgrave Primary School pictured in 2017. Picture: Nikki Lamb and Julia Waters

Palgrave Primary School, part of the Tilian Partnership multi-academy trust, was judged 'outstanding' for behaviour and attitudes and personal development and 'good' for its quality of education, leadership and early years provision, following an Ofsted inspection on October 8-9.

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The school, at its capacity of 80 pupils, is housed in a traditional, old school building with no land to expand on its current site meaning it has to refuse places to local children from the growing village near Diss.

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The Ofsted report praised the school for making the most of the limited space and head teacher Julia Waters and her staff for making sure "pupils have high attainment and make strong progress in their time in the school".

Lead inspector Tessa Holledge said: "Leaders do not let the very small school site limit this in any way. All pupils use the large forest school area in the village. PE and outdoor education are strengths in the curriculum, turning the limitations of the site into a success story."

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