School bucks Norfolk trend with strong Ofsted

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A Norfolk school has bucked the county trend after it impressed Ofsted during its latest inspection.

Inspectors visited Duchy of Lancaster Methwold Primary School on May 21 and 22, rating it as ‘Good’ - an improvement from its rating of ‘Satisfactory’.

Lynne Stabler, headteacher, said the report was ‘justifiable recognition’ for the hard work put in by pupils, parents staff and governors.

“Since January we have focused on improving children’s confidence and skills as speakers, using the Talk Boost Programme throughout the school. It’s proving to be particularly successful and is linked directly to improvement in pupils’ writing.

“I am extremely proud of our collective team effort and wish to thank everyone involved with our school for their contributions to our success.

“Our children have the right to an excellent education and it requires all stakeholders in school to work together to achieve it,” she said.

Mrs Stabler added that the school was aiming to achieve a rating of ‘Outstanding’ in its next inspection in three year’s time.

The school’s good news comes after Ofsted began an investigation into Norfolk County Council’s education department.

Norfolk is currently in the bottom 10 per cent for primary school standards out of all local authorities in England.

Mrs Stabler said the support her school had received from the county council had been ‘appropriate’.

“The council is a big organisation and it’s about matching the right person to the right school in terms of support.

“Fortunately we’ve had the right support,” she said.