Pupils benefit from engaging lessons

FENSTANTON and Hilton Primary School pupils behave well, enjoy learning and are polite and considerate, according to the school s latest Ofsted report. The inspectors found the children in reception class made good progress, particularly in their personal

FENSTANTON and Hilton Primary School pupils behave well, enjoy learning and are polite and considerate, according to the school's latest Ofsted report.

The inspectors found the children in reception class made good progress, particularly in their personal and social development. By Year 2 the standards in national assessments were above average.

Inspectors also praised the school for its good curriculum, which they said provided a broad and balanced range of subjects.

"Pupils enjoy most lessons because they are engaged actively, they work well on their own and in pairs," the report states.


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While some teachers were praised for inspiring pupils through their enthusiasm, some lessons were found to lack pace.

However, inspectors found the school was "beginning to develop additional challenges for gifted and talented pupils."

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And they added: "Provision for information and communication technology has improved, particularly pupils' use of computers in their everyday classwork."

The report further praised the school for its care, guidance and support, saying the school regards pupils' welfare as a top priority. It found rigorous procedures in place for child protection.

Overall, the inspectors felt Fenstanton and Hilton was a good school and its standards had risen. It said pupils were making good progress and put this achievement down to the headteacher's leadership, motivation and direction.

Headteacher Liz Womersley said: "I am very proud of our school and of every pupil who attends here.

"Our talented staff and governors demonstrate a high level of commitment and consequently our pupils' achieve well in all aspects of school life."

In the terms of improvement, inspectors said the school needs to raise standards in writing in Years 3 to 6 by giving pupils more opportunities for extended writing. It also needs to ensure targets set for pupils' performance in Year 6 are appropriately challenging and make better use of assessment records.

INFORMATION: Fenstanton and Hilton Primary School on School Lane in Fenstanton caters for 284 pupils aged between four and 11. Most of the children come from the two villages.

To read the full report visit www.ofsted.gov.uk

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