High praise from Ofsted for Aylsham school

Just Regional
Nov 26, 2014 2 mins read

St. Michael’s Church of England VC Nursery and Infant School has been judged ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ areas, following its recent Ofsted inspection.

Ofsted has highlighted the school’s “very positive Christian culture in which pupils thrive, and which promotes their outstanding personal development and behaviour.”

The pupils’ “extremely positive attitudes to learning” and their enthusiasm were also singled out for praise. “They love coming to school,” said the inspector.

“Pupils’ attendance compares favourably with the national average for all primary schools, even though the pupils are younger and more prone to illness as their immune systems develop. This reflects the fact that it is hard to keep them away they enjoy school so much.” Inspectors also judged the school’s attention to safety and security as “outstanding”.

Teaching across the whole school was judged “consistently good”, and there was praise for the contribution of the school’s governors, who were described as “highly effective” and for the leadership of the head teacher whose “relentless drive for improvement has resulted in above average standards being maintained.”

Eleanor Milligan, the school’s Chair of Governors, said: “The governors are very pleased that the report highlighted so many of the school’s strengths. We are committed to providing the best for our children.”

Head Teacher Catherine McMahon, said: “I am particularly pleased that the inspector recognised that our whole school community has clear aims and values that place the individual child at the centre of our work.”

A copy of the Ofsted report is available on the school website www.stmichaelsaylsham.co.uk.

St Michael's children celebrating the great Ofsted report.

St Michael’s children celebrating the great Ofsted report.

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