|Name||Diss Infant Academy and Nursery|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||22 May 2013|
|Address||Fitzwalter Road, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4PU|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||222 (47% boys 53% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||24.9|
|Academy Sponsor||The Diocese Of Norwich St Benet's Multi-Academy Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||14.4%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||32%|
Information about this school
The school is broadly average in size for an infant school. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is below average, as is the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (which provides additional funding in this school for children in local authority care and those known to be eligible for free school meals) is below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The executive headteacher was appointed in April 2011 to run both the infant and junior schools. The two schools are run separately and have their own governing bodies. The executive headteacher’s time is divided equally between the two schools. The executive headteacher is also responsible for running the children’s centre on the school site. This is subject to separate inspection.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Pupils achieve well from starting points significantly below the levels expected for their age. Standards in reading and mathematics are above average this year in Year 2. Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs make good progress because the support provided for them is tailored to their individual needs. Some of the teaching in Reception and Year 2 is outstanding. In particular, teachers ask questions skilfully to check pupils’ understanding and make them think hard. Behaviour is outstanding in and around the school, and pupils say they feel completely safe. Pupils are very enthusiastic about learning. Outstanding and innovative assessment arrangements mean that all adults have an extremely good knowledge of how well individuals are learning and what they need to do next to improve their work more. The executive headteacher and deputy headteacher, supported by the governing body, have improved teaching and maintained good levels of progress throughout the school. Their vision for excellence is shared by all staff. The curriculum is lively and stimulating with an emphasis on developing pupils’ skills rapidly. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Standards in writing are not as strong as those in reading and mathematics because : pupils do not always have the opportunity to write at length in different subjects. Pupils’ handwriting varies in quality, and many pupils are not joining their letters. At times some pupils are not sufficiently challenged, especially during the introduction to lessons.