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‘Good’ news celebrated by Great Ponton Primary School

By Marie Bond

Celebrating a 'good' Ofsted at Gerat Ponton Primary School. Photo: 334A
Celebrating a 'good' Ofsted at Gerat Ponton Primary School. Photo: 334A

A headteacher is ‘delighted’ his village school has done well in its recent Ofsted report.

Despite an increase of almost a third in pupil numbers since its last inspection in 2010, Great Ponton Primary School has retained its ‘good’ grade.

Headteacher Jon Clack said: “Our pupil numbers have increased in size considerably since our last inspection and it is wonderful to receive high praise for how well the children perform whilst at our school.”

One area achieved ‘outstanding’ and that was ‘the behaviour and safety of pupils’. The insepctor noted: “Pupils’ behaviour outside the classroom is exemplary. Incidents of difficult behaviour are almost unheard of and school records support this.”

Mr Clack was pleased with this praise of his pupils. He said: “Along with good achievement, good teaching and good leadership and management, we were thrilled to be awarded with an ‘outstanding’ for the behaviour and safety of our children. The inspector noted that ‘the pupils’ exceptional attitudes to learning have a very positive impact on their progress’.

“We are all delighted with the outcome of the Ofsted inspection report.”

Among the praise heaped on the school by the Ofsted inspector was the range of topics taught in classes, as was the range of sporting activities made available to youngsters to boost their physical well-being.

Two recommendations were made to further improve the school. They were to:

* Raise the quality of teaching to outstanding by giving pupils clear advice when marking their work, so that they always know what they need to do to improve and by checking that pupils act on the advice they are given through marking.

* Accelerate further the progress pupils make in reading in Key Stage 2, by ensuring that pupils have more opportunities to apply their reading skills both in English lessons and in other subjects.


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