It’s ‘outstanding’ all areas for John of Gaunt

Just Regional
Mar 17, 2014 3 mins read

A second Aylsham school is celebrating being judged as “outstanding” by education inspectors.

John of Gaunt Infant and Nursery School formally announced its top Ofsted rating this Wednesday, March 19. The school was inspected on February 26 and 27.

It means the 125-pupil school, which educates three to seven year olds, joins Aylsham High in the much sought-after ‘outstanding’ category.

The four areas looked at by inspectors are achievement of pupils, behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching and leadership/management.

Last time the school was inspected in 2010 it was given a ‘good’ rating.

Headteacher Fiona Chant said: “John of Gaunt is a brilliant school which is very much at the heart of Aylsham. The school enjoys close links with many local organisations such as The Rotary Club of Aylsham who regularly pop in each week to hear the children read and Aylsham WorldWide, which has helped the children build relationships with children in schools in Kenya and Cambodia.”

She said the children just “love learning” and were a delight to teach. “The fantastic support of families and a great team at John of Gaunt have been instrumental in ensuring that children are the best that they can be,” she said.

She believed John of Gaunt had greatly benefited by working with other schools to share expertise and outstanding practice, saying: “We are part of a strong, sustainable and innovative partnership.”

Specifically, the inspectors said:

All staff have high expectations of themselves and each other. Teamwork is very strong; everyone wants to improve, everyone wants to share ideas.

Children get off to an excellent start in the nursery and reception classes, settle quickly and make outstanding progress.

Preparation for the next stage in pupils’ education is excellent.

Parents are very supportive of the school and share a close working relationship with staff which greatly benefits pupils.

Staff know their pupils exceptionally well and almost always see that their differing needs are met.

Pupils have a thirst for learning and persevere to do their best. They are very enthusiastic about school and feel very safe. They behave outstandingly well.

The only areas of further improvement picked out were to ensure that every opportunity is taken to develop pupils’ speaking skills to an even higher standard. Inspectors also suggested further work to ensure that the very small number of pupils who find maths difficult are as well supported as those in English.

Chair of governors Gavin Watson said: “To achieve outstanding in all four key areas is reward for all the hard work and dedication shown by the whole school community, our children, head teacher, staff, governors and parents. I was particularly pleased that the inspector recognised the excellent start our children receive in the nursery and the outstanding progress they make.”

Children at John of Gaunt celebrating their 'Outstanding' Ofsted report with head teacher Fiona Chant.

Children at John of Gaunt celebrating their ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted report with head teacher Fiona Chant.



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