Glowing tributes to school

PUBLISHED: 13:58 01 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:12 31 May 2010

Assistant head Judy Major with some pupils – Pic: Dick Harding

Assistant head Judy Major with some pupils - Pic: Dick Harding

OUTSTANDING was the verdict reached by Ofsted inspectors when they reviewed the John Falkner Infant School in Sawston. The Mill Lane school was given the highest possible rating in virtually all categories, being judged outstanding in 26 of 27 areas.

OUTSTANDING" was the verdict reached by Ofsted inspectors when they reviewed the John Falkner Infant School in Sawston.

The Mill Lane school was given the highest possible rating in virtually all categories, being judged "outstanding" in 26 of 27 areas.

The one aspect of the school that was not judged as outstanding, the standards reached by the children, was given a still-laudable rating of good and above average.

Godfrey Bancroft, one of the Ofsted inspectors who visited the school, said: "Teachers have very high expectations of how well pupils behave and work.

"Pupils work hard and become independent and well-motivated learners from an early age."

Mr Bancroft was also impressed by the school's teaching methods and teachers worked "very effectively to improve the quality of pupils' speaking and listening".

Acting head Judy Major, was very pleased with the report and said it meant a lot to staff. "We are delighted with this report," she said.

"It fills all the staff with a great deal of pride to see their tremendous hard work recognised in this way.

"We also acknowledge such a glowing tribute was only possible due to the support and commitment of the children and parents who make up our school community."

Mrs Major was praised by Ofsted for her leadership and the school's governors were also commended for their contributions.

Mr Bancroft said: "The acting headteacher provides a clear educational direction with a strong focus on raising standards.

"The school's arrangements for evaluating its performance and responding to areas for improvement are outstanding.

"The governing body does an outstanding job. They are tremendous advocates for the school."

The Office for Standards in Education inspection of the school took place on January 30 but the report has only just been made public.

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