Staff and pupils are celebrating after Ten Mile Bank Riverside Academy was rated ‘good’ in all areas by Ofsted.

The inspector praised leadership and management, the quality of teaching, the behaviour of pupils, outcomes and the early years provision.

He also highlighted the ‘significant contribution’ of the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust (DEMAT), which runs the school near Downham Market.

He said headteacher Sarah Turner had worked swiftly and effectively to make substantial improvements since she was appointed in September 2017.

“The headteacher’s determined and effective leadership, supported by governors, has promoted rapid and significant improvement.

“All staff share her high expectations and work hard to constantly refine and improve their classroom practice. The school community is as happy as it is productive,” said the inspector’s report.

He said that DEMAT was making a significant contribution to ongoing improvements at the school. “Advisers make regular monitoring visits and checks, including of the school’s safeguarding work. Leaders and teachers benefit from the training that the trust provides, and the support provided by subject specialists,” he added.

The report also said that the early years provision at the school was well led, behaviour was good and children enjoyed working within a safe, well-resourced environment.

Parents were overwhelmingly supportive of the school’s work and ‘exceptionally positive’ about it in a Parent View questionnaire.

The inspector found significant improvements in the effectiveness of teaching, learning and assessment, rating it ‘good’ overall.

“Teaching enables pupils to make good progress. Pupils are keen to meet the very high expectations set by their teachers. Typically, activities are highly engaging. Teachers have strong subject knowledge and a deep understanding of how pupils learn, remember things and develop new skills,” said the report.


Pupils in turn were highlighted for their good behaviour and attitudes to work. The inspector said they were unfailingly polite and articulate, welcoming visitors and keen to talk about their learning.

“Pupils take an evident pleasure in their learning and enjoy coming to school. They behave well and support each other’s learning because relationships are positive. Pupils get down to work quickly. They tackle the tasks that they are set with a highly positive attitude,” said the report.

Although rated ‘good’ in all areas, the school was encouraged to strengthen pupils’ personal development, and raise achievement throughout the school.

Headteacher Sarah Turner said: “I am delighted with the outcomes at Ten Mile Bank Riverside Academy. Although the school is small, the staff work hard to provide a good education and school experience for all the children and it is pleasing that this has been recognised by Ofsted.”

DEMAT Chief Executive Andrew Read added: “I am delighted for the community, parents, children and staff that the school’s many strengths have been recognised. We are privileged to have this community school in our Diocesan MAT and I am very pleased that we have been shown as worthy trustees of this academy and the joint Riverside Federation with Hilgay, which is symptomatic of our commitment to our rural Fenland communities.”

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