Top marks for Ipswich school

CHILDREN and teachers at Sprites Infants School in Ipswich have double reason to celebrate today.The school, in Stonechat Road, has received a glowing report from Ofsted inspectors, who described it as a good school and said "Pupils are keen to come to school and enjoy their learning very much.

CHILDREN and teachers at Sprites Infants School in Ipswich have double reason to celebrate today.

The school, in Stonechat Road, has received a glowing report from Ofsted inspectors, who described it as a good school and said "Pupils are keen to come to school and enjoy their learning very much."

Sprites Infants School has also been recognised for the third time as achieving the national standard for Investors in People.

"We are really pleased and thrilled with the inspectors' comments about teaching and learning - because that is what we're here for as a school," said headteacher Margaret Walker.


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She paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of all the staff and governors, and said the school's success was all down to teamwork.

"We get good support from parents and quite a few come into the school to help as volunteers."

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Inspectors said the leadership and management of Sprites are very good, and the school provides very good care and support for pupils in a calm and secure learning environment.

Teaching and learning throughout the school are good, resulting in good achievement by pupils, while relationships and personal development were also praised, especially for pupils with special needs.

The inspectors' report said the school could improve standards in mathematics and introduce closer monitoring of pupils' progress.

Sprites Infants was the first school in Suffolk to be recognised as achieving the national standards for Investors in People in 1996.

This was maintained in 1999 and now an assessor has confirmed that it has met the standard once again.

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