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Good Ofsted rating leaves headteacher of Preston Primary School in Tasburgh with sense of pride

The executive headteacher of a village primary school has spoken of his pride in pupils and staff after achieving a good Ofsted rating.

Matt Walker, who oversees Preston Primary School in Tasburgh, said everyone connected with the Henry Preston Road site was delighted with the result, which mirrored its previous full inspection in 2014.

In their report, inspectors highlighted how they found pupils to be happy and welcoming at the small, inclusive school, and embodied the school’s vision to ‘live life to the full’.

Preston CE VC Primary School's executive headteacher Matt Walker and head of school Jo Firman with some of its pupils.
Preston CE VC Primary School's executive headteacher Matt Walker and head of school Jo Firman with some of its pupils.

Mr Walker told the Diss Express: “We are obviously delighted with the outcome of the report, which highlights the many strengths and achievements of the school.

“We are also incredibly proud that the inspectors noted that staff enjoy working within the school and that they feel well supported.”

Inspectors reported that the inclusion of all pupils was a strength of the school and they were all well supported, including those with additional needs.

The report added that the site had introduced a curriculum that is broad and ambitious for all; a new behaviour policy was having a positive impact on pupils; it had successfully prioritised reading in its curriculum; and that those pupils that needed support with reading were quickly identified.

Inspectors did find, however, that sometimes pupils’ knowledge on subjects was not as secure as it should be due to staff not picking up misunderstandings quickly enough.

Mr Walker said the school was already taking steps to address this weakness. “This accurately reflects our own self-evaluation of the curriculum,” he said.

“We are currently embedding new systems of assessment for foundation subjects, and these will support us to plan for future learning, ensuring that pupils are secure in their understanding and that we address any misconceptions.”

The school is part of the Tas Valley Church Schools Federation, which also includes Saxlingham Nethergate Primary School.

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