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‘Good’ start to 2016 for Sprowston school

Just Regional
Jan 25, 2016 3 mins read

Staff and pupils at Sparhawk Infant and Nursery School are continuing their new year celebrations after receiving confirmation that an Ofsted inspection on December 3 resulted in a continued “good” judgement.

This was the first inspection carried out since the school was judged to be good in March 2012, and in a letter to headteacher Priscilla Crane the inspector offered a glowing report, with just two aspects identified to help to develop the school’s work further.

The report states: “You have successfully led staff through a period of significant change. Changes in senior leadership, increased numbers of pupils on roll and extensions to the building have all gone smoothly, and successfully built on the work of the previous headteacher. You have added rigour to the school’s work, particularly when checking how well pupils are doing. Senior leaders are well informed about pupils’ achievements. They follow your lead in their methodical approach to school improvement and staff value their support.

“The staff are a strong team. They are united in their determination to find that extra piece of the jigsaw that will enable each pupil to succeed.”

The report also highlights the successful measures taken after leaders were asked to raise standards in reading and to raise teachers’ expectations of the middle- and higher-attaining pupils following the previous inspection.

The use of long-term targets to measure progress through the action plan, and the role of governors in providing high-quality challenge to the senior leadership team were the two areas identified which would help to develop the school further.

Headteacher Priscilla Crane said: “All of the team at Sparhawk are very pleased with our outcome as it reflects all the hard work of our truly committed staff. The Ofsted recognised what a strong team we were and this is true of all the staff who work and volunteer here.

“I have only been the head here at Sparhawk for 18 months and in that time the school has changed significantly due to the expansion of classes from one form entry to two form entry (60 per year group as opposed to 30) and the two building projects. However, with the change in staff and increase in pupil numbers we have all worked hard to maintain a good standard of education for all our pupils.

“The Ofsted report stated that ‘staff create an environment where pupils become confident learners’. Our school ethos is based around a set of nine values which are shared with all staff and pupils.

“Confidence is one of our core values as we recognise that children need to believe they can achieve to enable them to achieve. Our strapline ‘Discover, Achieve, Excel’ aims to encapsulate that vision.

“There is so much written in the report that we are proud of and we are glad that we had a fair and just inspection which highlighted many of our strengths – well done Team Sparhawk!”

You can view the Ofsted report on Sparhawk’s website at www.sprowstonsparhawk.norfolk.sch.uk.

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