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Normanton Common Primary School improving says Ofsted inspectors

Neil Tattersall dressed up as a Roman soldier during his visit to  Normanton Common Primary Schoo as part of a school project.  (w623a403)

Neil Tattersall dressed up as a Roman soldier during his visit to Normanton Common Primary Schoo as part of a school project. (w623a403)

Good leadership, effective learning and pupil provision are among the strong points of Normanton Common Primary School.

A recent Ofsted inspection judged the Castleford Road school to be good – an improvement from the previous inspection in December 2012, when inspectors said it needed improvement.

Jonathan Woodyatt, lead inspector, praised staff for their good standard of teaching and said an effective curriculum increasingly met the different needs of pupils.

He said the behaviour and safety of children were good and that the pupils worked well together during lessons.

The report stated: “The headteacher is instrumental in driving the improvements to raise achievement. He ensures that staff joining the school can quickly take on the responsibility for improving different aspects, such as numeracy or literacy. He has clearly focussed on the recommendations from the last inspection report. Weaker teaching is almost eradicated and year after year more teaching is outstanding. There are good learning opportunities provided for pupils who need extra support.

“Pupils say that they enjoy coming to school and so attend more regularly than they used to and, as a result, attendance is rising and is now broadly average.

“Provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is very good. For example, there are opportunities for pupils to work together in lessons, which builds their self-confidence.”

Headteacher Glyn Bishop said: “As well as this report being a strong recognition for the ongoing improvements in Normanton Common Primary School, this is also a positive story for education in Normanton. Our school has benefitted from the close partnership we have within the Altofts and Normanton Family of Schools and with other schools within Wakefield.

It will be through building on our existing partnerships that we will sustain improvements in our school and support the development of our neighbouring schools too.”

 

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