GALLERY: Elm Church of England Primary School excels at Ofsted inspection

15:39 02 May 2014

Elm Church of England school good Ofsted. Headteacher Fiona McCallum with pupils Kasey, Ben and Oscar. from the school council in the quiet garden. Picture: Steve Williams.

Elm Church of England school good Ofsted. Headteacher Fiona McCallum with pupils Kasey, Ben and Oscar. from the school council in the quiet garden. Picture: Steve Williams.

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A Fenland school has received widespread praise following an Ofsted inspection.

Elm Church of England Primary School impressed inspectors with the quality of teaching, behaviour of pupils and the variety in its curriculum.

The head teacher Fiona McCallum was commended for her role in driving the school from being rated as “satisfactory” in its previous inspection to “good” this time round.

Lead inspector Emily Simpson said: “The head teacher provides very effective leadership. She has inspired staff and, together, they have improved teaching and achievement since their previous inspection.

“Achievement is good and pupils in all year groups now make faster progress in reading, writing and mathematics.

“Teaching is good because teachers are enthusiastic and have good subject knowledge. Pupils find their lessons interesting and this helps them to make good progress.

“Pupils work hard in lessons and want to do well. They behave well and feel safe in school. They joyfully sing we are proud of our school as they join in their weekly celebration assembly. This pride is evident in their positive conduct around school.”

The school received credit for putting on special days which inspectors said captured pupils’ imaginations.

Mrs Simpson said: “The curriculum offers pupils a wide range of experiences to support their learning, including trips and visitors.

“Year 3 experienced a Victorian day to support their history topic. Pupils love these experiences, and in most classes they are used well to develop pupils’ extended writing skills.”

For the school to become “outstanding”, work needs to become more challenging for the more able pupils and improvements are required to teachers’ marking.

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