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School tops the class after ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report

Elveden Academy has an outstanding Ofsted. ANL-160229-145055009
Elveden Academy has an outstanding Ofsted. ANL-160229-145055009

Education inspectors have given a Thetford school their seal of approval with a glowing report on teaching standards and pupil attainment.

In its latest Ofsted inspection Elveden Church of England Primary Academy recorded ‘outstanding’ status in all categories. These included the quality of teaching, effectiveness of leadership and personal development of pupils.

The findings were published after inspectors visited the school in London Road early last month.

Joint head teachers April Grimes and Lorna Rourke, said they were delighted with the report.

“The dedication and hard work of both staff and children makes Elveden C of E Primary Academy, a unique and exciting place to both teach and learn,” they said.

“We have really focused on what makes a wonderful school, including high standards of teaching and learning, but also supporting children in terms of personal development, pastoral care and promoting a caring, Christian ethos.”

The report describes pupil behaviour at the school, which has a partnership with the Forest Academy in Brandon, as ‘exemplary’. It also highlights the high levels of guidance and support teachers receive, allowing them to develop and improve the quality of their work.

“Teachers have high expectations,” said Prue Rayner, the lead inspector in the report. “They manage the learning needs of all pupils in the mixed-age classes so well that all pupils enjoy their learning, show curiosity and work hard to meet challenging targets.”

During its last inspection in 2011 the school, which is attended by 79 children between four and 11-years-old, was rated ‘good’.

Head teachers Mrs Rourke and Mrs Grimes, said the link up with Forest Academy had had a positive impact and they aimed to continue the school’s success.

“The successful partnership with Forest Academy ensures that children have a wealth of opportunities and learning experiences,” they said.

“They come to school enthused and ready to do their best.”


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