The school near Newmarket was inspected by OfSTED just weeks before the headteacher was due to retire.

The quality of teaching, the behaviour and attitudes of pupils and the leadership of the headteacher and governors were all described as good.

Inspectors said teaching at times was outstanding, and that lessons were well-organised and interesting.

"Senior and middle leaders and governors monitor teaching rigorously. The teaching of reading and writing is effective, while the teaching of mathematics is particularly strong. "There is some outstanding practice in the questions that teachers pose to gauge pupils' understanding," they added.

Provision in the Early Years was particularly highlighted. Inspectors said: "Good leadership and teaching have secured good outcomes for the vast majority of children in almost all areas of learning. The early years environment is bright, stimulating and well-organised, with good resources to support all areas of learning."

Pupils in turn were praised for their good behaviour and attitudes to work. "The behaviour of pupils is good. The school's work to promote pupils' personal development and welfare is good. Pupils are respectful and caring of each other.

"Pupils take pride in their work and are generally enthusiastic to learn so they behave well in lessons. They conduct themselves well around the school and at break times. Pupils respond politely and courteously to others," the inspectors' report added.

They praised highly the leadership of headteacher Nicola Bramley, who retired two weeks after the inspection took place.

"The headteacher provides strong leadership. She has worked well with the two deputy headteachers to ensure that the actions they have taken have improved the school since the previous inspection.

"Monitoring and evaluation are very strong. Senior and middle leaders know the school's strengths and weaknesses and work relentlessly to address them. There is a culture of mutual respect and collaborative leadership throughout the school," said inspectors.

They also praised the governing body, adding: "Governors have a very good understanding of the quality of education provided by the school. Their aspiration for the school to be outstanding is palpable. Governors know about the quality of teaching in the school and the school's strengths and areas for development because they meet with leaders and visit the school regularly."

The school was encouraged to increase the proportion of pupils making good or better progress, and to increase the proportion of outstanding teaching.

Acting headteachers Rhian Bond and Dawn Deacon say they are pleased that the report recognises the many strengths of the school.  "The journey of school improvement reflects the hard work of the whole school community, including pupils, parents and staff. We are very proud of our achievements so far and look forward to our continued development."

 

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