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Children celebrate good OFSTED report at St John's C of E  primary academy at Stanground EMN-151205-105603009
Children celebrate good OFSTED report at St John's C of E primary academy at Stanground EMN-151205-105603009
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A school where children are ‘happy to come and learn’ has been given praise from Ofsted inspectors in their latest report.

Stanground St John’s Primary School was given a good rating by the inspectors when they visited last month.

In the last inspection in 2012 the school was rated as satisfactory overall.

Head teacher Sally Williams said the improvement was down to years of hard work.

She said: “We are delighted with the results we have received from Ofsted.

“We have had a period of change here, becoming an academy in 2013.

“All the staff here have worked really hard to ensure standards continue to rise at the school.

“The report is an indication we have been doing things the right way over the past few years.

“We have had a good reaction to the report from parents who are pleased with what we are doing.

“The aim now has to be to keep standards improving for the pupils here. We want to keep getting better as we go on.”

Mrs Williams said she was pleased with a number of points raised in the report, written by lead inspector Frances Le Pla.

She said: “I am pleased the inspectors said teaching is good here. The report says standards are rising, and that is what we are aiming for.

“The report also said that children are happy here, and relate well with others.

“We aim to create a pleasant atmosphere for everyone in school, which has been recognised.”

In the report, the inspectors said: “Pupils’ work, the school’s assessment data and inspectors’ evaluations of teaching and observations of pupils’ learning, all indicate that the quality of teaching is good.

“Good teaching is enabling current pupils to make good progress and is leading to rising standards.”

However, staff at the school were given areas to improve to make the school outstanding.

The report said staff should ‘check more regularly how well pupils are learning during lessons, and modify the activities in line with pupils’ understanding so that all are appropriately challenged’.’

The Ofsted report also said teachers should ‘give pupils clear guidance on how to improve their work, and check that all pupils have acted on this advice.’