Pride and joy for school after Good Ofsted rating

Just Regional
Feb 19, 2024 2 mins read

An Aylsham infant and nursery school is celebrating after receiving a Good rating from Ofsted following its latest inspection.

It marks a major achievement for John of Gaunt school, which was disappointed to be given an overall judgement of Requires Improvement after its previous inspection in March 2020 – just as the Covid pandemic was starting.

The school says it has worked tirelessly over the last four years to make improvements and the inspectors recognised that “Staff have worked to secure an ambitious curriculum that stems from the early years through to Year 2”.

John of Gaunt Headteacher Clare Toplis said: “We are so pleased that Ofsted has recognised all the hard work that the school has done over the last four years and that it is recognised as the school, that both staff and parents know.

“John of Gaunt prides itself on being a place that is happy, caring and safe and where our motto is ‘always choose

PROUD: John of Gaunt pupils are
pictured with Assistant Headteacher
Caron Bliss (left) and Headteacher Clare Toplis.

Ofsted inspectors commented that John of Gaunt “provides a friendly and welcoming environment. It is a place where pupils are happy, safe and enjoy learning”.

John of Gaunt’s early years’ provision, which also encompasses John Bear’s Nursery, was particularly praised with
inspectors commenting: “Children get off to a flying start in the early years, where their interests help to shape the curriculum.”

Parents told the inspectors “that their children are happy at John of Gaunt”.

John of Gaunt Executive Headteacher Duncan Spalding said: “We are thrilled that the hard work of our staff has been recognised and that our school community is thriving at John of Gaunt.

“Our colleagues at John of Gaunt give our children a fabulous start to their education. It’s also great to see the supportive work of the Aylsham Learning Federation publicly recognised.”

THUMBS UP: John of Gaunt Headteacher Clare Toplis (left) with children from John Bear’s Nursery and teacher Natasha Godbold.

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