Bacton school bowing out with Ofsted praise

A North Norfolk school has been roundly praised by inspectors who conducted what is likely to be its final Ofsted inspection before it changes status.

Bacton First School will in September 2011 become a primary school as the final touches are put to a county-wide project to ensure all youngsters move between schools in line with classroom key stages.

The 35-pupil school, on Walcott Road, had to fight for survival in recent years as Norfolk County Council considered closure as one of the possible options as part of a review of education in Mundesley and Bacton.

The council eventually opted for the primary school option in Bacton, with the first and middle schools in Mundesley becoming infant and junior schools from September 2011.

An Ofsted report following an inspection on September 30 and October provides a ringing endorsement of the decision to retain the Bacton school, giving it a 'good' overall grade.

Inspectors said the school, led by headteacher Sandra Humphreys, was 'good' and 'much appreciated by the parents who are unanimous in their praise for their 'safe, supportive, well-managed school'.'

They added: 'The headteacher, who has a large teaching commitment, and the staff are united in their aim to provide the best possible education and care for the pupils.

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'They have high expectations, both of themselves and of the pupils, and know each pupil extremely well. They make sure that they plan work that challenges all abilities while providing the support and encouragement that enables pupils to learn with confidence.'

Inspectors said the school had 'built on its strengths' since the last inspection, adding: 'The headteacher, teachers and governors lead and manage the school well. Good links with other agencies and local businesses enhance the provision, although the school is aware that more needs to be done to help pupils experience the diversity of cultures and socio-economic circumstances beyond Bacton.'

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