Spalding school is “outstanding” at the double

Spelling out their success - St Norbert's pupils celebrate their Ofsted rating with headteacher Louise Yarnell. SG0309815-105TW
Spelling out their success - St Norbert's pupils celebrate their Ofsted rating with headteacher Louise Yarnell. SG0309815-105TW
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There’s double delight for St Norbert’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Spalding now it has been awarded an Ofsted ‘outstanding’.

The top rating matches the verdict given on its religious life by inspectors from the Nottingham Roman Catholic Diocesan Education Service in April this year.

I believe an outstanding school is not created overnight. It is a major journey that involves a significant team of people – including the children, all staff, parents and governors.”

Headteacher Louise Yarnell

Doing the double is all the more remarkable as more than six out of every ten pupils at the school have English as an additional language.

Ofsted inspectors say: “Often children enter various year groups with little or no understanding whatsoever of spoken or written English.”

They go on to say that such children make “exceptional progress” and this is because “teaching is expert and they are helped to learn English quickly”.

Headteacher Louis Yarnell was delighted by the Ofsted rating, saying it was achieved through “a major journey”.

She said: “I’m totally thrilled by this amazing result.

“I believe an outstanding school is not created overnight.

“It is a major journey that involves a significant team of people – including the children, all staff, parents and governors.

“In my view we cannot have an outstanding school without putting all our children first in all we do and always wanting every child to achieve highly and reach their full potential.

“Everyone’s hard work has paid off and the children are a total delight to have at St Norbert’s, which makes me incredibly proud and lucky to be the headteacher.”

The school has stepped up from ‘good’ to outstanding while its early years provision has leapt two categories to achieve the top rating.

Among the key findings are glowing reports for the headteacher, school leaders and managers, support staff, teachers, governors and the pupils.

These findings include:

• “The headteacher’s inspiring leadership spreads excellence throughout the school. She has ensured that the spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of the curriculum are outstanding. Pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain.”

• “The quality of teaching is outstanding. Staff are experienced and highly trained. This, along with exceptionally high levels of care, supports learning extremely well.”

• “Pupils’ achievement is outstanding. They make rapid and sustained progress over time. As they move up through the school, pupils are consistently well supported to overcome any difficulties and to achieve as well as they can.”

• “The support staff are a huge strength of the school. They are extremely well trained and highly focused on pupils’ wellbeing, personal development and academic achievements.”