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'Good' news from Ofsted for Norwich Primary

Published on 25/09/15

Norwich Primary Academy is celebrating after its first Ofsted inspection since becoming an academy confirmed its stunning turnaround.

The school in Norwich's Clarkson Road - formerly Larkman Primary School - joined the Inspiration Trust in September 2013.

At the time, less than a third of Year 6 pupils left the school with a good level of reading, writing, and maths, but by July this year that had rocketed to 75%.

And now an Ofsted inspection - carried out just before the summer break but only now published - has rated the school as "good", with every area of the school receiving the same rating - just below the top ranking.

Principal Tessa Holledge said: "This Ofsted report is a brilliant welcome back present for the whole school community, and a great way to start the new academic year.

"We were delighted with the way parents, pupils, and staff pulled together to get record Key Stage 2 results, and this confirms that the improvement goes right through the school."

The report particularly praises the school's extended day, saying that it enables "pupils to access an exceptionally wide variety of learning experiences that allows them to thrive."

It also praises the principal and the leadership team, saying their "single-minded determination drives the academy forward and gives pupils the best possible start to their education."

The report notes the benefits of being part of the Inspiration Trust, including sharing expertise with nearby schools.

"It is so important for the whole Earlham community that our pupils do well, and we are delighted that we are getting our young people off to a great start in life," said Mrs Holledge.

"We want to keep improving, which is why over the summer we started work on new classrooms to reduce class sizes and a new library, so that our pupils get the very best."