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King's Cliffe Endowed Primary School's 'marked improvement'

A village primary school has received lavish praise after a visit by Ofsted.

In a report sent to headteacher Linda Bowyer, inspectors said of King’s Cliffe Endowed Primary School: “This school continues to be good.”

The report said good quality education had been maintained since the school was last inspected since 2015 and the school “has demonstrated strong practice and marked improvement in specific areas.”

Headteacher Lynda Bowyer, centre, with senior leadership team and pupils from Years 1 to 6 (6406572)
Headteacher Lynda Bowyer, centre, with senior leadership team and pupils from Years 1 to 6 (6406572)

The head had strengthened leadership and the school was “developing a strong culture of continuous improvement in the quality of teaching, learning and assessement across the school.”

Ofsted also noted rigorous monitoring of teaching and learning to ensure consistency and parents being pleased with the school, typically calling it ‘brilliant.’

The school also had above average numbers of children achieving a good level of development. Attainment also continues to be above average in reading and writing and mathematics.

The children were also praised for behaving well in and around school and being confident and enthusiastic learners. They were also safe and happy.

The report said: “Pupils’ behaviour, their attitude to learning and their spiritual, social and cultural development are also strengths of the school.”

Whilst the report said previous weaknesses have been successfully addressed, boys did not achieve as well as girls. The inspectors said the school should ensure these differences be eliminated.

Headteacher Lynda Bowyer said the ‘good’ rating was the highest the school could achieve in a short one-day inspection and a fuller inspection was due in the next 18 months to see if the school could be judged outstanding.

“We are very, very pleased with the outcome. We have great members of staff, a strong staff team that really supports each other.

“We have wonderful children who have great attitudes to learning. We have wonderful support from parents and governors and a strong leadership team.

“We are very collaborative and we are a community within King’s Cliffe and we all work together.”

Mrs Bowyer said the report followed recent statutory assessments (SATs) which placed the school top in the East Northampton Corby area, fourth in Northamptonshire and in the top 20 per cent nationally.

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