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Stansted’s new primary school has received “outstanding” praise in its first Ofsted inspection.

The Magna Carta Primary Academy, which welcomed its first pupils through the gates in 2016 and then moved into a brand new site in St John’s road a year ago, was awarded an overall grading of “good”.

And inspectors who visited in July were particularly impressed with three key areas which they marked as outstanding - the school’s effectiveness of leadership and management, the personal development, behaviour and welfare of children and its early years’ provision.

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In its report issued this week, Ofsted said: “Children get off to a flying start in the early years. The quality of teaching and learning is excellent. Year on year, children make exceptional progress from their starting points. They are extremely well prepared for Year 1.”

The report continued: “Pupils behave exceedingly well. They work hard and interact with each other and adults in a highly positive manner. There is a palpable harmony around the school.

“Leaders’ support for pupils to take care of themselves and to be kind to others is a strength of the school. Pupils’ kindness and respect for others stands out.

“Leaders, including those responsible for governance, have very high aspirations for what pupils can achieve. They set demanding standards for staff and pupils and provide strong support for them in working towards these.”

Head teacher Marios Solomonides was this week delighted with the report: “I am pleased the inspector saw that our pupils get off to a flying start. This is testament to the hard work of the entire school community, including pupils, parents, volunteers, as well as staff.

“This is truly a terrific place for children to come to school.”

Magna Carta scored ‘Good’ for its quality of teaching, learning and assessment and outcomes for pupils.

Areas highlighted for improvement were boosting students’ outcomes by “increasing the proportion of pupils who achieve the expected standard in mathematics, and greater depth in writing, so that the very strong progress pupils make in reception is sustained through Years 1 and 2”.

And sharing the best practice in the school “so that all teaching, learning and assessment is as good as the best”.

Mr Solomonides said they would continue to work towards achieving overall outstanding status for the next inspection, due within the next five years.

The primary, for pupils aged 4-11, currently has 82 pupils with the capacity for a total of 210 children.

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