Tacolneston school celebrates ‘good’ Ofsted report

A south Norfolk primary school has 'improved significantly' according to its latest Ofsted report.

Tacolneston Primary School has been rated as 'good' following a two-day inspection in March.

Inspectors particularly praised the behaviour of pupils and the care, guidance and support shown by the school, which they deemed to be 'outstanding'.

An inspection three years ago had found the school to be 'satisfactory'.

Headteacher Lisa Blowfield said: 'Since my appointment three years ago a great deal of hard work has been in put in by the staff and children of the school and I am extremely pleased and proud that the Ofsted inspection has rightly recognised the improvement that we have made.'

Chris Durrant, chairman of the governors, added: 'We are so pleased to have received this excellent Ofsted report which recognises the high improvements the school has made under Lisa Blowfield's leadership. Everyone involved with the school can be very proud of this achievement.'

The report said: 'It is a harmonious school where pupils enjoy their learning and respond well in a safe, caring and supportive learning environment. This is highly valued by both pupils and their parents and carers.'

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It added that pupils' attainment was 'good', with many achieving above average results in reading and writing, while their results in maths are still improving.

Teaching is also 'good' overall with the progress of each pupil carefully tracked and most lessons carefully planned, although inspectors thought in some cases the range of activities on offer did not match the different abilities in the class.

The report praised the 'excellent leadership' of Mrs Blowfield, who has a clear understanding of the school's strengths and weaknesses, while the governing body was described as 'good and influential'.

For further improvement, inspectors asked the school to raise the attainment in maths by focussing on the pupils' mental maths skills, and to improve teaching by ensuring teachers match activities to the full range of learning abilities and develop the use of questions to challenge the more-able pupils.