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Pupils, parents and staff at Howard Junior School in Gaywood have been celebrating after the school was warmly praised in an inspection report.

The school has improved its Ofsted grading from satisfactory to good in the findings of the latest inspection, which were published yesterday, with pupils gaining special praise for their behaviour and safety.

Gregory Hill, headteacher of the 150-pupil school, said he was delighted with the outcome of the recent Ofsted inspection.

He paid tribute to the whole school community’s commitment to the highest educational standards.

He said: “Never have I seen so many parents volunteering to come into this school.

“Our staff are highly committed and very hardworking. Our pupils are enthusiastic and committed to gaining the highest grades to secure a positive future.”

The school received good ratings for overall effectiveness, pupil achievement, teaching quality and leadership/management.

Meanwhile, pupils won an outstanding grading and were described as mature, courteous and respectful towards each other.

Also found to be outstanding was the management of The Hive centre, a special resource base for children with learning difficulties from other schools, and progress made by pupils there.

The report said pupils at the school achieved well and exceeded the progress expected of them. Work set for them was invariably well-suited to their needs and lessons often captured their enthusiasm and interest.

Children felt safe and the report said: “They work hard in lessons and contribute with great enthusiasm to school life.”

Mr Hill and the school governors were praised for bringing about significant improvements in teaching, achievement and other aspects of the school.

However, to further improve, inspectors said better teaching was needed in a small number of lessons and found that, at times, teachers did not give sufficient attention to developing pupils’ mental and oral maths skills.

Mr Hill added: “The school now achieves one of Lynn’s highest sets of SATs results.”