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Redcastle Family School gets the Ofsted thumbs up

Redcastle Family School has had a good Ofsted - two years ago it was said to need improvement - glowing comments from inspectors.

FL; Andy Sheppard headteacher with pupils from the school. ANL-140327-131953005

Redcastle Family School has had a good Ofsted - two years ago it was said to need improvement - glowing comments from inspectors. FL; Andy Sheppard headteacher with pupils from the school. ANL-140327-131953005

A primary school which two years ago was judged requiring improvement has been rated good in all fields inspected by Ofsted.

Redcastle Family School in St Martin’s Way, Thetford, is celebrating the report which shows that children are achieveing well, making progress above the national average, their behaviour is good, attendance is good and teaching is good.

The report has shown that while children enter the school with skills and knowledge below those expected of their age, they make rapid progress because of the good teaching they receive.

The school, which has 208 pupils, has more than the national average of pupils receiving the pupil premium and a higher than average number of youngsters with disabilities and special educational needs. It also has an increasing number of children whose first language is not English, says the report.

Achievement in English is, however, good with tests of sounds and letters scoring above average. There is increased specialist teaching to raise literacy levels and ensure good progress.

Maths attainment is good but more able pupils could do more. The school has engaged a specialist mathematics teacher to ensure students are fully stretched, says the report.

The number of children making more than expected progress is now above national averages in all skills.

Teaching is consistently good and relationships between pupils and teachers are good.

Students are well behaved and have positive attitudes to learning.

Attendance has improved and is in line with national averages and persistent absence rates are falling.

The school is well led and has strong links with the local authority, say the inspectors who observed 17 lessons.

Headteacher Andy Sheppard said: “I am over the moon with the report as teachers here work so incredibly hard and the children are so on-task and hungry to learn. This has been a very positive report, especially when two years ago we were said to require improvement.”

Mr Sheppard said he was, however, confused at comments regarding teachers not using data on pupils’ progress effectively as the system at Redcastle had been praised and copied by other headteachers.

 

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