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“They are ambitious for every pupil” - school celebrates highest ever Ofsted rating

A primary school and nursery is celebrating after gaining its first ever 'good' Ofsted report rating.
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Executive headteacher Rob Litten and executive deputy head Rachel Bains with pupils celebrating the 'Good' Ofsted rating

Inspectors said New Road Primary and Nursery School pupils are happy and polite, have a clear sense of right and wrong, and the youngest children "laugh and squeal with excitement when staff read to them".

It is the highest rating that the Whittlesey school has achieved in its 40-year-history; since its first inspection in 1998, the school has either received satisfactory or 'requires improvement' grades, including during its last inspection in 2017.

However the school with a roll of 168 pupils has been transformed under the leadership of Executive Headteacher Rob Litten, with support from Aspire Learning Trust 

Inspection team James Adkins and Sebastian Gasse said in their report, completed after visits in November and December 2021: "The school rules are ‘ready, safe, respectful’.

"Pupils said that school is a safe environment. Pupils have a clear sense of right and wrong, and are confident that there is someone in school who they can go to if they have a concern."

It added: "Leaders have developed a well-planned curriculum. Their curriculum thinking focuses on teaching new knowledge that builds on what pupils already know and can do. 

"This ensures that pupils’ understanding builds over time so they achieve well. The curriculum meets the needs of all pupils. This includes those pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

"Teachers routinely assess pupils’ knowledge and understanding. This helps teachers to know which pupils need extra help or support."

To improve further, the school leaders need to ensure pupils always have the opportunity to make links between what they have learned in different parts of a subject, and that the curriculum is more precisely matched to the needs of those pupils

Rob Litten, executive headteacher, said: ‘’I am incredibly proud of every member of staff. Each and every one played their part in helping New Road Primary and Nursery School become the amazing school it is today. 

"We are the first team to achieve a Good Ofsted rating for the school in its 40 year history. The support from the governing body, the trust and our parents has been incredible. This is a very special moment for all of us to be proud of.

"It is a privilege to work with such a dedicated team and an even bigger privilege to provide our pupils with the high-quality education they deserve and should also be proud of.’’

Duncan Ramsey, CEO of Aspire Learning Trust, said: “I am so pleased for the community of Whittlesey that New Road Primary and Nursery School has received such a glowing report. It was wonderful to see the praise for staff and leaders and that pupils behave well and have good attitudes to learning.

"I was especially happy to note that pupils learn to love reading and pupils said they know how to keep physically and mentally happy."

"Leaders and staff have worked tirelessly to improve the school and they should be very proud with the outcome of this inspection. As a Trust we are pleased to have supported this journey and look forward to helping New Road Primary and Nursery School respond to the areas for improvement so that it becomes
outstanding in the near future.“