Sheringham Primary School has received an ‘outstanding’ rating for the past two inspections. The latest full report can be downloaded or accessed through the Ofsted link below.
Below is a summary of the key findings of the last report in 2012:
Overall Effectiveness: 1 (Outstanding)
Achievement of Pupils: 1 (Outstanding)
Quality of Teaching: 1 (Outstanding)
Behaviour and Safety of Pupils: 1 (Outstanding)
Leadership and Management: 1 (Outstanding)
This is an outstanding school. Exceptional leadership and strong teamwork have led to high-quality teaching and achievement despite constant new arrivals, substantial building works and rapid expansion. Teachers develop enthusiastic, confident, independent learners. In doing so, they sometimes pay too little attention to pupils’ handwriting and presentation and written feedback is not completely consistent across the school.
From low starting points, rapid progress, with minor variations, leads to attainment that is at least average by the end of Year 6 in reading, writing and mathematics. Gaps in performance noted in 2011 have closed.
Teachers focus sharply and expertly on pupils’ language development. This quickly opens the door to the wider world of learning for the large majority who speak English as an additional language. Excellent promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development within a very rich curriculum supports learning fully. Lessons are pitched carefully to meet the needs of all pupils and offer considerable challenge, capturing sustained engagement. Teachers, however, do not always give pupils opportunities to follow up on their written and verbal guidance.
Pupils’ exemplary behaviour makes the school a very harmonious and purposeful environment in which to learn and develop. Pupils are highly motivated, enthusiastic learners and respond exceptionally well to their teachers. They feel extremely safe in school.
Under the excellent direction of the headteacher, supported well by the governing body, leaders and managers have quickly created an outstanding primary school. The culture of performance management through coaching and support enables rapid development of newly qualified teachers and continuing improvement of those more established. Working in teams enables managers and staff at all levels, including support staff, to make a first-class contribution to school improvement.