Staff and pupils are celebrating after achieving a ‘good’ Ofsted grade.

Elm CofE Primary School in Wisbech received an overall rating of good and was consistently rated good in all areas of inspection.

Inspectors visited the school in early February and found many reasons to praise the level of teaching and care shown towards the 206 pupils that attend the school.

The report highlighted that ‘Pupils feel well looked after. They get on well with their peers, both in the classroom and on the playground. Pupils learn about how others may be different from them. Differences do not matter to pupils.’

It also noted that reading is a high priority, the environment is one of togetherness, pupils show good levels of kindness to each other, leaders want ‘the best for all pupils’ and those with special educational needs are happy in school and achieve well.

Dedication of staff and pupils

Jade Betts, headteacher of Elm CofE Primary, said: “We’re extremely pleased with the outcome of our Ofsted inspection.

“The findings are testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff as well as the pupils here, and I would like to thank them all.

“We have worked through any challenges to create a happy, hard-working environment within our school, where pupils feel safe, inspired and ready to learn.

“There are always areas for improvement, but we will continue to build on the success of an overall rating of ‘good’ ensuring that the needs of our pupils remain at the forefront of everything we do.”

The report noted that school staff had acted swiftly to address any areas in need of improvement, such as a drop in maths attainment, by putting in place a new leadership team and governing body.

Hard work

The report acknowledged the school’s hard work to improve those areas, with teachers having good subject knowledge, selecting learning activities that help pupils improve and consistently checking pupils’ levels of understanding.

Ms Betts added: “It’s great that Ofsted can see the hard work of all staff and pupils.

“The inspection celebrated our rapid journey of improvement, our high-quality curriculum and the caring environment we collectively work so hard on.

“Our pupils and staff shone throughout the two days and the pride felt in school, by all, was clear.

“Our pupils chatted happily, enthusiastically and confidently to inspectors about a wide range of subjects and the deep knowledge learned.

“We are committed to ensuring our pupils always receive the highest level of education within a calm, effective classroom environment and work closely with the Trust to monitor and improve where necessary.”