A primary school is delighted as it has kept hold of its good Ofsted rating.

Swaffham Church of England Primary Academy, part of the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT), has been rated ‘good’ in every category following two visits from inspectors in June 2023.

The inspectors said pupils enjoy coming to school both to learn and to spend time with their friends, and they feel safe and happy in school.

It also highlighted that bullying was rare and pupils know they will be supported by adults with worries they may have, as well as strong provisions for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.

Nicola Kaye, headteacher, said: “Our ‘good’ Ofsted report is a true testimony of the hard work and dedication of our whole school team of staff, pupils, families and governors.

Swaffham Primary Academy has been on an incredible journey since changing status from a junior to a primary in September 2020.

"We have worked hard to design an ambitious curriculum from reception through to Year 6.

"We are delighted that Ofsted recognised this and stated in their report that ‘learning builds year on year’ and ‘pupils have frequent opportunities to develop their learning and experiences beyond the classroom'.”

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Dereham Times: Oliver Burwood, CEO of Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT)Oliver Burwood, CEO of Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT) (Image: DNEAT)

The report also highlighted areas where the school could improve - and said there are not enough opportunities for pupils to revisit and recall previous learning in some subjects.

There were also gaps in some key stage two pupils' knowledge and skills in English, so leaders have been asked to continue their planned approach to narrowing those gaps so pupils achieve the expected standards.

Oliver Burwood, DNEAT's chief executive, said: “The trust is delighted that Swaffham Primary Academy has received a good grading and supports the children in its community to do well. 

"Nicola and her team have worked extremely hard to achieve this, with the added pressure that growing from a junior to a full primary brings."