School where learning is fun

CHILDREN at Earith Primary School enjoy their lessons, work hard and believe their teachers make learning fun, according to the school s latest Ofsted report. Inspectors from the Office for Standards in Education described behaviour at the small rural pri

CHILDREN at Earith Primary School enjoy their lessons, work hard and believe their teachers make learning fun, according to the school's latest Ofsted report.

Inspectors from the Office for Standards in Education described behaviour at the small rural primary school as excellent.

The report stated: "Behaviour is exemplary and has improved greatly in recent months because staff have raised pupils' understanding of what is accepted."

Inspectors said attendance at the school was above the national average, which they put down to pupils enjoying their lessons - mainly because teachers made an effort to make learning fun and establish good relationships with their pupils.

Procedures in place to ensure pupils are protected and well cared for in school were also praised.

"The recent focus on improving behaviour has been highly successful and the pupils say there is now no bullying. They also say there is an adult to go to if they feel worried or upset," the inspectors reported.

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Subject leaders and the school's improvement plan were also highlighted for helping with improvements in teaching.

"Some subject leaders have begun to monitor pupils' work and some, such as the literacy teacher, use this information well to improve aspects of teaching."

The school's governors were praised for being "well organised in ensuring that the school fulfils its statutory duties" and were said to be in a good position to hold the school to account.

With regard to improvements, the report stated: "Recent improvements in pupils' behaviour and progress indicate that the school is soundly placed to continue improving."

To keep standards high the school was asked to help pupils improve the quality of their written work, their capacity to apply number skills to solve problems, and the way progress is tracked.

Hilary Williams, who was acting headteacher at the time of the inspection, said: "Earith Primary School is a special place to be, if you are a child or an adult. There is an energy and creativity. This is due to the children, who enjoy learning, especially when it is fun."

INFORMATION: Currently 139 pupils between the ages of four and 11 are enrolled at Earith Primary School. The full Ofsted report can be viewed at www.ofsted.gov.uk

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