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Palgrave Primary School rated as good with outstanding aspects by Ofsted

A smaller than average village primary school has been praised for its well-rounded education, covering the full requirements of the national curriculum and more.

In its latest Ofsted inspection, Palgrave Primary School, part of the Tilian Partnership multi-academy trust, was rated as good with outstanding aspects.

Delighted with the result, trust board chairman Kit Wells told the Diss Express: “It is no less than we expected and we were absolutely delighted with the judgment.

Pupils and staff at Palgrave Primary School celebrate their latest Ofsted report. Picture by Mark Bullimore.
Pupils and staff at Palgrave Primary School celebrate their latest Ofsted report. Picture by Mark Bullimore.

“I think it reflected just how hard Julia Waters and the team have worked and how much effort they have put into achieving that with the limited space they have.”

In the report published last week, lead inspector Tessa Holledge praised pupils’ excellent behaviour and attitudes towards learning and said that leaders do not let the small school site limit the learning in any way.

The school, currently at capacity with 80 pupils, has been tirelessly campaigning for more space.

“They do so much with what they have and I cannot be prouder with what they have achieved at Palgrave,” said Mr Wells.

“It is such an extraordinary school and I long for the time when we can actually have more space.”

The Ofsted report praised the wide range of extra-curricular activities and trips on offer.

One of the activities highlighted in the report was the school’s trip to Ipswich Crown Court in March.

During the excursion, Year 5 and 6 pupils took part in a mock trial competition, coming second for their debating skills.

According to the Ofsted report, pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are also “extremely well supported”.

It said that individualised support, as and when needed, enables them to do well.

“It is not something we focus on as we are not a SEND school,” said Mr Wells.

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“But if children with such needs do come along, the school works so well in helping them address those needs.”

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