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Costessey celebrates glowing Ofsted report

Costessey Primary School pupils and staff are overjoyed after a visit from Ofsted resulted in a ‘Good’ rating, with an ‘Outstanding’ judgement for personal development. 

Inspectors visited the 584-pupil school in June, and were impressed by the “culture of mutual respect that flows through the school,” particularly “The breadth of opportunity for pupils’ personal development helps them to leave the school at the end of Year 6 as well-rounded, responsible, and caring young people.” 

Also praised was the school’s approach to pupils with additional needs: “Adults carefully adapt activities so that pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) can access the same curriculum as their classmates. Pupils with SEND learn very well.” 

The school’s approach to teaching reading was also noted: “Nothing is left to chance when teaching pupils to read” and “Adults teach the school’s phonics programme well.” 

Katie Lawson, Principal of Costessey Primary School, said: “We are really pleased with the report, it highlights many strengths in our school which we are proud of. We are thrilled that our curriculum has been judged as ‘ambitious and engaging’ and with our ‘outstanding’ judgement for Personal Development. I am so proud of the whole staff team and the work they do to support our pupils.” 

Costessey Primary School is part of Evolution Academy Trust. Trust CEO Dr Craig Avieson said: "This is a fantastic achievement for the entire Costessey community. Children deserve the very best education and high-quality support in schools, and we are all delighted that Ofsted have recognised Costessey Primary and particularly the hard-working staff and volunteers who enable this to happen. A massive well done to all.”