School’s Ofsted report is at the top of the class

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A PRIMARY school is looking forward to exciting times ahead after it received a glowing Ofsted report and made plans for development.

Last year, the performance of Edmund de Moundeford Primary School, in Feltwell, was labelled ‘unsatisfactory’ by government inspectors.

But a report published last week said standards had risen considerably.

The school has now been rated as ‘satisfactory’ with its capacity for sustained improvement rated as ‘good’.

Headteacher Julie Lillycrop took charge in September and with the help of teachers and governors, implemented a number of changes.

She said: “All the teachers are extremely dedicated and it’s hard work that has got us to this point – it was just a case of organising things.

“There has been a lot more monitoring to make sure we’ve got good practice and we are trying to get the children involved in everything.”

The report also contained positive feedback from parents on how the school is working.

Ms Lillycrop said: “The parents’ recognition means an awful lot to us because we try and communicate and get them on board.”

The report includes ratings of ‘outstanding’ – the top mark available – in pupils’ adoption of healthy lifestyles and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Jeremy Wakefield, chairman of governors, said the last 18 months had been a learning curve but the report showed the school was improving.

“We’ve all had to pull together to get this result and worked extremely hard.”

Mr Wakefield said he felt Ms Lillycrop’s impact had been important.

“Julie has been a superb addition to the school and all the governors are very pleased with her hard work,” he said.

The school has also entered an application to Norfolk County Council for a new outdoor education space.

It is hoped that the area – which involves fitting French doors to Year 1 and 2 classrooms to give outdoor access – will be completed over Easter.

Ms Lillycrop said the plans were ‘very exciting’ and would allow pupils to take part in new activities such as gardening.