Ofsted Delight for Outstanding School
First School is top of the class after a stunning Ofsted report which
ranked it as “outstanding” in 26 out of 27 categories and “good”
in the 27th.
Staff and pupils are
celebrating the achievement that puts them in the top 5% of schools
The school was praised
throughout the report for its consistently high standards and
outstanding achievement, with all pupils making very good progress
whatever their starting point.
There is also praise
for “outstanding teaching and an exceptionally rich curriculum
contributing to pupils’ huge enjoyment of learning with learning being
made very interesting.”
The children are
singled out for special mention: “Pupils volunteer ideas and opinions
with remarkable maturity. They have a strong sense of justice, their
behaviour is impeccable and their understanding of mutual responsibility
and healthy lifestyles is extraordinary for their age.
Head teacher Helen
Lamb’s leadership is described as “excellent and exceptionally
skilled and supported highly effectively by other managers and governors
with the governors keeping an exceptionally close check on the
The school received
“outstanding” for every single overall category – overall
effectiveness of the school, achievement and standards, personal
development and well-being, quality of provision, curriculum and other
activities, care, guidance and support and leadership and management.
“This is an
outstanding achievement for our school and we are very proud. I’m very
pleased that Ofsted recognised that we go the extra mile to support
every single pupil. Our school aim is excellence and enjoyment and that
is reflected 100% in the report.
“The success is a
tribute to the hard work and excellence of strong teamwork with
children, parents, staff and governors working together with superb
results, it is truly a privilege to be part of it, “Mrs Lamb said
adding that the school was also very proud of its close links with the
The Ofsted inspectors
have written to the children to thank them for their hard work.
“We enjoyed meeting
you enormously. Thank you for being so kind, considerate and helpful. We
know you rate your school highly and we agree with you and your parents;
we think you go to an exceptionally good school.”
The Woodside Ofsted
report follows closely on the heels of impressive reports for Hethersett
Middle School and Hethersett High School.
The full reports for all three schools are available on the Ofsted web site which can be accessed by clicking here.