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Head retires with feather in his cap

Thursday, 2nd August 2001.

PLACE Farm Primary School in Haverhill has received praise from OFSTED inspectors, just as headteacher Peter Fletcher retires after 13 years.

Place Farm, with 300 pupils, is larger than average for Haverhill but inspectors found it to be "a very good school which justifies its high reputation in the local community".

They said the school was well led by a headteacher who had very high expectations of teaching, learning and behaviour.

"As a result, the quality of teaching is good and pupils make good progress and behave well. The school is improving well and provides good value for money," the report said.

The inspectors found pupils entered the school with skills below those in most schools but left with above average attainment. However, boys were doing far better than girls in Years 3 and 4.

Pupils had good attitudes to their work and concentrated well. Teaching was good overall, with 67 lessons seen, one excellent, 15 per cent very good, 57 per cent good, 25 per cent satisfactory and one unsatisfactory.

The school provides pupils with a good curriculum, good resources and the budget is managed meticulously.

Key points in the report were:

* Pupils' standards in English, maths and science are above average when they leave.

* The quality of teaching is good.

* Relationships throughout are very good.

* The attainment of girls in Years 3 and 4 is significantly below that of boys in reading and mathematics.

* The development plan does not provide a long term view of the school's priorities.

* The school gives parents too little information on their child's curriculum.

Haverhill Weekly News

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