An infant school which takes on some pupils with skills ‘well below’ that expected for their age, has been praised by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’.
Drake Infant School in Thetford was visited by Ofsted inspectors last month.
They graded the school as outstanding across all four criteria - pupil achievement, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils, and leadership and management.
“This is an outstanding school where the excellent care for each child lies at the heart of its work,” said the inspectors.
“Pupils flourish within this exciting, friendly and supportive environment in which memorable experiences and opportunities ensure they achieve exceptionally well.”
The report highlighted that no pupil is left behind – pupils with disability of special education needs as well as those who speak English as a second language, all made outstanding progress.
Many pupils joined the nursery with skills ‘below and in some cases well below that expected for their age,’ said Ofsted.
“Given their various starting points pupils progress in recent years is outstanding,” said the inspectors.
Headteacher Mary Bartrop, said: “We are really pleased. It is not achieved with Ofsted in mind, we just do our best for our children.
“We think about them and cater for their needs. The magic ingredients is that they are happy, they enjoy learning and they make good progress.
“We make the children feel good about themselves and that helps them to become persistent learners.
“But we can never be complacent and we are always looking for ways to improve.”