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North Frodingham Primary School celebrates good Ofsted report

‘From the moment pupils join North Frodingham Primary School, they are surrounded by kindness and care’.


This was one of the findings of Ofsted inspectors when they visited the school in November last year and judged it to be good.


Inspectors said that staff have a genuine interest in the pupils they work with and aim for every pupil to enjoy their time in school and to be fully prepared for their next stage of education.


The report said that pupils are supported to develop their curiosity about the world around them and benefit from an extensive number of school trips, clubs and societies, as well as visitors into school.

The comment from the Inspector about the pupils being surrounded by kindness and care and staff having a genuine interest in the pupils they work with and indeed the whole report are a real testament to the hard work and dedication of the fantastic staff, governors, parents and children.

HEADTEacher michelle bell


Inspectors highlighted how pupils are involved in a wide range of school leadership roles.


They said: “They are supported to develop friendships with pupils in other classes.


“Older pupils listen to younger pupils read, lead playtime activities and support pupils in the early years provision.”


Children were also praised for behaving politely and respectfully.


Proud headteacher Michelle Bell told the Wolds Weekly: “We were delighted with the outcome from our latest Ofsted inspection in November and were particularly proud with the outstanding judgement for Personal Development.


“The comment from the Inspector about the pupils being surrounded by kindness and care and staff having a genuine interest in the pupils they work with and indeed the whole report are a real testament to the hard work and dedication of the fantastic staff, governors, parents and children.

Headteacher Mrs Bell with the good OFSTED report.


“The children were a big part of the inspection process and were able to explain to the Ofsted team just what makes North Frodingham Primary School so special.


“We were all very proud of each and every one of them.”


The report highlights work by the headteacher, supported by the governors, in reviewing the curriculum and supporting the subject leaders to review what pupils are taught in each lesson.


The religious education curriculum has been enriched and improved with pupils speaking highly about their learning.


Reading is a priority in the school with a new phonics programme recently introduced.


The report said COVID-19 has had an impact on pupils’ progress in phonics with recommendations that interventions be accelerated for pupils to catch up more rapidly.


Early years provision has also improved with inspectors noting; “Children benefit from stimulating activities and learning opportunities”.


Inspectors found that pupils feel safe and “attend school regularly and with pride” and said that a recent focus on improving pupils’ mental health and well-being was spoken about positively by the pupils.


Governors were praised for having a “deep-rooted connection with the school”.


In order to keep improving, the inspectors recommended that leaders allocate additional time for younger pupils to focus on phonics following the impact of the pandemic and raise their expectations of pupils and implement strategies to get all pupils back on track.


They added that lessons should be personalised to meet the needs of pupils and to ensure that all pupils are challenged appropriately.

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