Village school gets a good grade

A VILLAGE primary school has been judged good with outstanding features in a latest government report.

Yelvertoft Primary School was awarded the grade Good overall by the schools inspection body Ofsted earlier this month.

Ofsted, which visited the school at the end of the last year, also praised the behaviour and the safety of the pupils labelling it as outstanding.

Headteacher Julie Walsh said: “We are extremely pleased that the Ofsted report reflects the areas of our school in which we are most proud.

“The outstanding behaviour of our children, their enjoyment of learning and the strong, enthusiastic way that teachers deliver lively, well-planned lessons that engage the pupils.”

The previous inspection back in 2007 saw the school also judged as good and Mrs Walsh said the report is down to the efforts made by the wider school community.

She added: “This report is a testament to the hard work of all the staff and Governors.

“We are also fortunate to have supportive parents and very motivated pupils.

“Our children consistently reach standards that are above average and it is great to receive such a stamp of approval from Ofsted.”

The inspecting body were full of praise for the school in the report.

It stated: “Most teaching is good and provides pupils with work which is matched to their ability, because teachers know a lot about the subjects they teach and know how well the pupils are doing.

“Pupils make good progress, particularly in their reading and writing, to reach standards which are above average. Their achievement is good.

“Linking of sounds and letters (phonics) is taught well across the school and pupils become confident readers who enjoy a good range of books, both at school and at home.

“Pupils are highly positive about their experience of learning and participate keenly in all that the teachers have to offer them. Their attitudes to learning are outstanding.

“The headteacher and governors know the school well and have set out a clear plan for how to improve teaching further. The responsibility for making sure this happens is being increasingly shared by teachers who lead subjects.”