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Wells headteacher retires on good rating

PUBLISHED: 10:23 26 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:08 07 July 2010

An improved Ofsted report has provided the ideal retirement present for the headteacher at a north Norfolk school.

Wells Primary School, on Polka Road, has been given an overall rating of "Good" - one step higher than the "Satisfactory" rating it achieved at its last inspection in 2007.

An improved Ofsted report has provided the ideal retirement present for the headteacher at a north Norfolk school.

Wells Primary School, on Polka Road, has been given an overall rating of “Good” - one step higher than the “Satisfactory” rating it achieved at its last inspection in 2007.

The inspector's report praises the standard of teaching and the children's behaviour, while giving the top “Outstanding” grade to the school's effectiveness in promoting community cohesion.

Headteacher Carol Jennings, who will retire in August after seven years at the school, said it was the perfect send-off.

“We are all absolutely delighted,” she said. “It is a real credit to the teachers, the children, and their parents. All their hard work has paid off.

“It is such a nice way to go out. Anyone applying for this job now will know they are coming to a good school, with delightful children.”

An ambitious set of retirement plans will begin with a trip to the base camp of Everest in October, and Mrs Jennings also hopes to build on her musical skills.

“I have been learning the clarinet and teaching the children by staying one step ahead, so it will be good to get some proper lessons,” she said. “I also want to continue singing with the Fakenham Choral Society and do some voluntary work in the community - that should keep me busy.”

Mrs Jennings, 58, has worked in various education roles throughout Norfolk for the last 32 years.

She said: “I hope I have introduced a new dimension because I am interested in multicultural education and introducing children to the wider world.”

The Ofsted report says: “Wells Primary and Nursery has improved significantly since the last inspection.

“The leadership team has been outstandingly successful in promoting cohesion within the school, local and wider communities through the excellent links with schools in contrasting communities within this country and the wider world.”

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