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Ofsted praise for Cromer school

PUBLISHED: 20:09 11 October 2010

Suffield Infant and Nursery School, Cromer; GV of the school; For:EDP; Copy:Richard Batson

Suffield Infant and Nursery School, Cromer; GV of the school; For:EDP; Copy:Richard Batson

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Cromer’s infant and nursery school has won top marks for some of its work after the latest Ofsted inspection.

The 212-pupil Suffield Park school has been given a good overall rating, with new head teacher Jacqueline Bradford praised for building on its many strengths since her arrival last September.

And it was ranked as outstanding in five areas; the leadership of staff and governors, the promotion of healthy lifestyles among pupils, the care and support they are given, and teaming up in partnerships to boost pupils’ learning and well being.

Lead inspector Nick Butt said the new head’s many changes had seen students’ attainment rise rapidly, and boys narrow the gap with girls, after catching up in reading and writing.

The school’s special needs section providing outstanding teaching and learning enabling children to integrate well with mainstream class.

Pupils were well-behaved, friendly, and had an outstanding appreciation of healthy living - taking plenty of exercise and growing their own food.

The governors, led by chairman Vivienne Lennox, are also described as outstanding - providing excellent support and a high level of expertise, and establishing a children’s centre on site with good quality day care and a wide range of extended services.

The only areas where the school could improve further was ensuring targets were challenging enough for pupils and getting the youngsters to be more involved in their own learning through work assessment.


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