Children at South Wootton Infant School celebrate a glowing Ofsted report. Picture: Ian Burt

Parents say South Wootton Infant School goes “above and beyond” to support pupils and their families.

Ofsted, the education watchdog said parents are overwhelmingly positive about the school, which has been rated “good” following a two-day inspection last month.

In a recently published report, it said pupils enjoy coming to school, feel safe and are friendly and polite. 

It said: “They respond well to the high expectations staff have of their learning and behaviour. Classrooms are calm and purposeful places in which to learn.”

Leaders and staff were praised by lead inspector Jo Nutbeam for promoting the love of reading in the school.

In her report, she described reading areas as inviting spaces and said children spoke with enthusiasm of their twice-weekly visits to the school library. 

“Younger pupils enjoyed sharing books they had made. Older pupils spoke about the books they are reading in class,” the report added.

The inspection, the first since the pandemic began, noted safeguarding was of the “utmost priority” and staff were vigilant and received training to support their understanding.

But to improve further, Ofsted said leaders should ensure that all books chosen for pupils are well matched to the sounds pupils have learned, as some pupils are not developing the skills to become fluent readers.

The report said governors were proud of the school and staff enjoy working at the school and are “valued and well supported. As a result, staff morale is high,” said the inspector.

Headteacher Jo Davenport said: “We were very pleased with the outcome of our recent inspection. 

“Staff, pupils and parents all helped to ensure that the inspector was given a true reflection of the strengths of our school. 

“To be recognised as a safe and nurturing environment, with wellbeing at the heart of  all we do, reflects our core belief that happy young children learn best.”