Primary school with 'high expectations' of pupils sees Ofsted rating improve

St Peter's CofE Junior School in Wisbech has achieved its first 'good' Ofsted rating
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A Cambridgeshire primary school has been given its first 'good' Ofsted rating since opening 10 years ago. St Peter's CofE Aided Junior School in Wisbech was previously rated as 'requires improvement' but was upgraded to 'good' after an inspection in May 2024.

A previous inspection in March 2020 found pupils "do not receive a good quality of education". A report following the inspection said the school needed to improve teaching of certain subjects and build pupils' reading fluency to improve.

The latest Ofsted report was published on Thursday (June 20). Inspectors found the school had redesigned its curriculum to address previous issues.

The report described St Peter's as a "happy school", where pupils make positive friendships and feel "nurtured, encouraged, and safe". It said: "Pupils know that every adult wants them to achieve. They see how the recent changes to the curriculum have raised everyone's ambitions.

"Pupils respond to this by working hard. They persevere when things get tough. As a result, many build a secure understanding of the subjects they learn."

Inspectors said the school has high expectations of all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). However, it added: "Not all teaching is precise enough. Teachers' explanations are occasionally too long and complicated, or their instructions are not clear enough. This means that some pupils do not secure learning as well or as deeply as they might."

Pupils have extracurricular activities including performance, sports, and chess. Some also take on leadership roles, including acting as 'playground pals'.

Gemma Brown, Headteacher at St Peter's Junior School, said: "There has been significant progress at St Peter's and it is fantastic that it has been recognised. We are so very proud.

"This report reflects how hard all our staff and pupils work to achieve their very best and embody our vision and values. We would like to thank our parents, carers and our whole school community for their ongoing support as we continue on our journey of success."

The report said the school "needs to ensure that teachers get the training and support they need so that explanations are clear and precise and pupils secure important information consistently well", to improve. You can read the full report here.