Ofsted praises Wisbech school that has ‘flourished as an exciting place for pupils to learn and staff to teach’
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“Clear objectives, involving pupils imaginatively, constructive feedback and a strong safeguarding culture” have helped Peckover Primary School retain its status as a ‘good’ school, say Ofsted.
Principal Carrie Norman was commended for ensuring that the school “has flourished as an exciting place for pupils to learn and staff to teach “since leading the school from 2014.”
Inspector Ian Middleton said this is reflected in the “very positive comments expressed by parents and carers”, adding that “teaching staff at Peckover appear highly motivated and pass on their enthusiasm to the children.
“As a result, pupils leave the school very well prepared for the next stage of their learning. This includes pupils who found learning difficult or who were new to learning English when they entered the school.
“Strong progress in reading and writing and exemplary teaching in Years 5 and 6 are contributory factors and the whole school community is very proud of its achievements,” the inspector added
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“Your success and creativity in continuously improving the school and in tackling the issues raised at the last inspection show that you are well placed to realise your aim of making Peckover equally strong throughout,” the report continues.
Ensuring that children in the early years get off to a better start by using resources, including staff, more effectively; raising attendance by making the curriculum more exciting and matching pupils’ work more closely to their needs by using assessment more diagnostically are among the improvements listed in the report.
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It adds that strong teamwork contributes to pupils feeling safe and supported, including extensive work with families and pupils who are in most need by offering extra support.
Although attendance has improved, disadvantaged pupils do not make as much progress as their peers, particularly in mathematics, suggests the report. However, successful work to improve reading is helping disadvantaged pupils catch up and one parent praised school leaders for promoting friendships between pupils from different backgrounds and cultures as a way of learning more about the wider world.
To improve further, the inspector said leaders and governors should ensure that: disadvantaged pupils catch up with their peers, pupils make consistently strong progress as they move through school and the continuity and progression developed in literacy is promoted in other subjects.
Principal Carrie Norman said: ‘This is an incredibly positive report and I am very proud of my staff whose hard work and commitment makes our school a vibrant learning community.
“Their strong teamwork has been highlighted as well as their motivation and enthusiasm. We are thrilled by what we have achieved so far and look forward to working together with the governing body and Brooke Weston Trust to ensure that Peckover Primary School goes from strength to strength.’
Inspector Ian Middleton visited the school on Leverington Road, Wisbech, on March 17.