A HIGH-FLYING primary school is celebrating achieving top marks following a recent visit by Ofsted inspectors.
Highfields Primary School, in Manningtree, is one of only three north east Essex primary schools to keep its ‘Outstanding’ rating after the watchdog put a tougher framework in place in 2019.
Inspectors found pupils at the school “have a love of learning”, adding: “Classrooms are quiet, purposeful places because learning is interesting”.
Ofsted said youngsters achieve “exceptionally well” in all subjects, with leaders at the school having “high aspirations for all aspects of school life”.
Inspectors added: “Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the school.
“The exceptionally wide range of extra-curricular activities for pupils includes interesting visitors and visits out of school.”
Hilary Cook, headteacher, said: “As head, I am hugely proud of the continued outstanding judgement of my school.
“This requires enormous dedication from every staff member and building a team ethos that ensures job satisfaction for all.
“I pride myself in knowing all my 320 children’s names and taking a personal interest in their learning and well-being.
“Children achieve very well academically, but I truly believe in the value of rich, first-hand experiences and wider extra-curricular activities that encourage the creativity of children in music, art and sport.”
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