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Headteacher pleased with progress after 'good' Ofsted report

A village primary school has obtained a ‘good’ grade from Ofsted following a short inspection of the school in December.

Great Ponton Church of England School, which has 66 pupils, was visited by an inspector following on from a full inspection in 2015 which also resulted in a ‘good’ grading.

In her report, inspector Vivienne McTiffin said: “When I spoke to pupils they said they like to read frequently and acquire new vocabulary to use in their writing. They spoke highly of the new library area and told me enthusiastically about the stories they read in class. Pupils said they enjoy school. They enjoy the sports opportunities and they are proud of their sporting achievements.”

Keith Leader, headteacher at Great Ponton Primary School (6467340)
Keith Leader, headteacher at Great Ponton Primary School (6467340)

In the report, pupils are said to make a good start in their early years and the headteacher, Keith Leader, is said to have worked effectively with others to improve development planning and in evaluating the school’s work. It says the governors are ‘committed to school improvement’.

The report asks the school to ensure that teachers provide tasks which will develop pupils’ writing skills to raise attainment.

It also says that efforts should be made to ensure the most able pupils make good progress in acquiring higher-level skills in reading, writing and maths, and that staff continue to develop their leadership roles to gain a good overview of teaching and learning.

Mr Leader told the Journal: "As a school we are very pleased with the progress the school has made since my arrival in September 2017. I would personally like to thank the staff, children and parents for all their hard work and support. I look forward to continuing our journey."


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