Lodge Lane Infant School, which is part of The Wensum Trust, has once again been recognised as a “Good” school in its latest Ofsted inspection report.
The school, situated in Old Catton, Norwich, was recognised for being well led by its senior leadership team, for its enthusiastic staff, its unique approach to learning and for supporting children to make a good start to their school lives.
Rebecca Dewing, Headteacher at Lodge Lane Infant School, said: “There are so many things that make Lodge Lane a good school and we are delighted that this has been recognised by Ofsted. Children do settle into the school quickly. This is largely due to the importance we place on nurturing and making sure that children learn to get to know each other and to help each other.”
The Ofsted inspection report also referenced Lodge Lane’s inquiry-based approach to learning. As one of only a few schools in the county to use this technique, the aim is to make learning more exciting and engaging. Children are presented with questions based on imaginative contexts or stories. It could be letters from fictional characters, telephone calls or mysterious messages left in the classroom. In discovering the answers, they learn more about subjects including science, geography and history.
Daniel Thrower, CEO of The Wensum Trust, said: “We are particularly proud that the Ofsted report credited Lodge Lane Infant School for giving children a good start to their school lives. We are one of only a few Trusts to have schools which range from nursery through to sixth form and our aspiration is to be able to support children and their families through every stage of their education journey. We believe this starts by getting to know the children and their families, and familiarising ourselves with their individual strengths and needs, so we can help every child to reach their full potential. Our staff networks can work closely together to share this knowledge and to create seamless transitions between our schools.”
The Wensum Trust has eleven schools situated across Norfolk. Lodge Lane Infant School, which was highlighted in the Ofsted report as a school where “pupils feel and are safe”, is one of seven ‘Good’ rated schools within the Trust.
Hayley Smith, whose son is in Year 1 at Lodge Lane Infant School, said: “It’s a really inclusive environment and the relationship that all of the teachers have with the parents and the community is really fantastic. The office staff, teaching assistants, and Headteacher Mrs Dewing, always have time for you. This just goes to show that they really do care.”
The pupils also agree with the Ofsted report. Millie, who is in Year 1 at Lodge Lane Infant School, said: “My school is a good school because everyone is kind to each other and helps each other all the time.”
About The Wensum Trust
The Wensum Trust is a not-for-profit, multi-academy, education Trust which currently comprises 11 schools across Norfolk; all of which are free to attend, non-selective and open to all.
The 11 Wensum Trust schools range from nurseries through to sixth form, creating a complete education journey from early years to sixteen plus. Arranged into three geographical hubs across Norfolk, the City Hub serves Hellesdon, Old Catton and the wider North Norwich area. The Rural Hub serves Acle and surrounding villages, and the Coastal Hub serves Wells, Burnham Market and surrounding villages on the North Norfolk coast. All three hubs work closely together to offer a rich and diverse range of experiences for every child within every Trust school, and to provide seamless transitions for children, and their parents and carers, as they progress through each learning stage.
The Trust has a track record of bringing about rapid and sustained school improvements and in achieving successful student outcomes. It features two ‘outstanding’ rated infant schools and, on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE), it runs the Norfolk English Hub from Heather Avenue Infant School. As one of only 34 English Hubs nationwide, this promotes the love of reading and supports Primary schools across Norfolk to provide excellent phonics and early language teaching.
The Trust’s ethos is that education is far broader and deeper than the national curriculum and examination programmes of study. It has the highest aspirations for all children within its schools and is driven by student outcomes and the desire to develop engaged, happy children, not just by exam results and a fixed academic focus. It works with strategic partners including the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation, North Walsham Rugby Club and Wells Sea Cadets to enrich education and to provide inspiring, exciting opportunities to develop high achieving, confident, healthy, caring and fulfilled members of society.