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Ofsted Report - 14th and 15th May 2024

I have great pleasure in sharing the report of our Section 5 Ofsted inspection which took place on the 14th and 15th of May 2024.  I am thrilled that the report starts with the sentence, “Pupils thrive at Lakenham” because they do!

The inspectors judged our school as follows:

  • Personal Development: Outstanding
  • Early years provision: Outstanding
  • Quality of Education: Good
  • Behaviour and Attitudes: Good
  • Leadership and Management: Good
  • Overall: Good

 We are extremely proud of this positive outcome which is a testament to the care and commitment of our staff, the support of our home adults, and of course a celebration of the wonderful children. We are delighted with the exceptional judgements. We know for children to be successful that their personal development has to be strong (personal development) and for starting points to be highly effective (Early Years), this is what is happening.

I am sure you will join me in congratulating all involved. 

Report Findings

“Pupils are hardworking and respectful in class. They listen carefully to each other, and to their teachers, because this is what is expected of them. The high expectations that staff have for pupils’ achievement means that pupils ‘enjoy, aspire and achieve’ in their learning.”

“Children in Nursery and Reception receive a fantastic start to their education. There is a delight and excitement about learning. Learning in the classroom and outdoor areas is precisely planned to make sure that each child is incredibly well support in their learning.”

“Pupils’ personal development is exceptional.”

Next step

Inspectors found a curriculum that was ambitious, well sequenced and has appropriate adaptations across all subjects. The one area of development is around ensuring that assessment for foundation subjects and using what they have found, even more effectively. This is an area that we had already identified for the next year.

Finally, and most importantly, I would like to thank all our children for being exceptional ambassadors for our school; the staff for their hard work and dedication; the home adults who provided feedback online and the Governors for their continued guidance and support.

We are a good school with outstanding features!


Mrs Cassandra Williams



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