Mepal and Witcham CofE Primary School has been rated ‘good’ in all areas by an inspector from OfSTED.
The judgement included the effectiveness of leadership, the quality of teaching and the behaviour of pupils.
The inspector said headteacher Louise Lomax and the school’s governors were ambitious for the success of their pupils, and that this was clearly shared with pupils, parents and staff.
“Leaders, governors and parents work closely to ensure that pupils receive a good, well-rounded education,” said the inspector’s report.
“School leaders accurately evaluate the school’s strengths and areas for development. They are acutely aware of the importance of raising standards for all pupils, including disadvantaged pupils,” it added.
Governors were also praised – the inspector said they had developed a clear understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for further development.
“Governors are highly committed to improving standards in the school. The governing body has a breadth of expertise with which to challenge and support the school,” she said.
The quality of teaching at the school was also judged to be good. The inspector said leaders monitored the quality of teaching, learning and assessment frequently and effectively.
“The leadership’s unstinting focus on improving the quality of teaching, learning and assessment has ensured that the quality of teaching is consistently good,” she said.
“Relationships between leaders, staff and pupils are strong. Leaders’ high expectations are shared across the school,” she added. Teaching and learning in Reception was also found to be ‘highly effective’.
Pupils in turn were highlighted for their good behaviour and attitudes to work. “Pupils display consistently good behaviour both in the classroom and around the school. They are kind, respectful and empathetic towards the needs of other pupils. Pupils follow school rules well. They move around the school with consideration for others and are courteous. Behaviour outside is exemplary.
“Pupils have very positive attitudes to learning. They are eager, responsive and attentive. Pupils’ books demonstrate pride in their work,” said the inspector’s report.
She added that safeguarding arrangements were effective, and that governors’ oversight of the school’s safeguarding processes was robust.
She also praised early years provision, adding: “The early years is well led and managed. Leaders have an accurate understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the provision. Children are eager to come to school and enjoy learning.”
The school was rated as ‘good’ in all areas, but was encouraged to offer more challenge for the most able pupils, and to increase the opportunities for writing across the curriculum.
Headteacher Louise Lomax said: I am delighted with the outcome of the inspection, it is the building block that the school needs as it continues to grow. The report reflects the hard work and time invested by the whole school community.
Andrew Read, Chief Executive of the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust which runs the school added: “This is a wonderful success story, which is testament to the hard work of the whole school community – the children, teachers, school leadership team and trust staff. I am delighted that Ofsted have recognised the journey this school has been on, from joining the trust with an overall inadequate grading, to now being graded as good in all areas.”