Chapel Break Infant School

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About Chapel Break Infant School

Name Chapel Break Infant School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Amanda Turner
Address Thurlby Road, Chapel Break, Norwich, NR5 9LU
Phone Number 01603749550
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 5-7
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 178
Local Authority Norfolk
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

This is a school where all pupils thrive. Every pupil is valued as a unique individual and member of the school community. Pupils show genuine warmth and care towards each other.

The school values of kindness, community, curiosity and excellence are understood by all.

Pupils enjoy a rich and vibrant curriculum. Pupils are proud of themselves and their learning.

The curriculum is ambitious and challenges pupils to achieve highly. During the school day, time is dedicated in lessons to provide pupils with opportunities to explore, and practise. This helps make learning memorable.

Pupil behaviour in school is exceptional. Staff welcome pupils as they com...e into school. Playtimes are fun and active.

Pupils are familiar with teachers' high expectations. They live up to these high expectations. Class routines and transitions maximise learning time.

Pupils feel safe in school. They know if there is a problem they can talk to an adult.

Pupils are highly motivated.

The school day starts with a 'breakfast bagel' and time to talk. Pupils' emotional well-being is a high priority. This ensures they are ready to learn.

There are a wide range of opportunities beyond the curriculum.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Over the last two years, leaders have reviewed and refined their 'curiosity curriculum'. This is ambitious, carefully sequenced and fun.

Pupils express delight when they achieve something new. In an art lesson, when the children saw the outcome of their printing they gasped with excitement. The curriculum is designed around REAL (rigorous, engaging, authentic learning) projects.

Underpinning these projects are opportunities to collaborate, communicate, think critically and solve problems. Pupils enjoy being curious and creative. They are reflective and respond eagerly to feedback from adults and their peers.

Reading is a high priority. Reading areas and reading spine books are on display in every classroom. Each class has a set of special books.

Pupils look forward to reader of the week awards in Friday assemblies. They love their new library and enjoy talking about the books they have read. Staff are well trained in the school phonics programme.

Pupils who fall behind are quickly identified. Prompt interventions help children catch up. Storytime is an important part of the school day.

The provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is of an exceptional quality. The school works closely with parents. Leaders are tenacious in ensuring children get the support they need.

They employ specialist practitioners to help them meet the needs of pupils. Inclusion is at the heart of the school. Every pupil is a valued member of the community.

Activities are suitably adapted to meet the needs of all pupils. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage in their education.

Children in Reception enjoy a fantastic start.

Close links with local nurseries ensure that transition into school is highly effective. Staff use assessment skilfully to identify gaps. Knowledgeable staff ensure that all children have the support they need to achieve the ambitions of the curriculum.

Children are well prepared for year 1.

Pupils respond positively to the high expectations of behaviour. They show respect and care for each other.

Classes fizz with excitement as pupils explore or discover something new. Pupils respond promptly when it is time to listen or work quietly. Building positive relationships is central to the work of the school.

Pupils trust the staff and are highly motivated and appropriately supported to succeed.

Leaders prioritise emotional health and well-being. This is crucial in ensuring that children are ready to learn.

Staff have the support they need too. There are moments of genuine awe and wonder during the school day. For example, the year 1 band performance.

Pupils are confident to participate and make mistakes. Children have a wide range of opportunities beyond the curriculum. This includes trips and visits and a multitude of clubs.

The school works closely with parents to ensure pupils attend school regularly.

The school is ambitious for the pupils and staff in their care. They are highly skilled and knowledgeable.

Governors offer appropriate challenge and support. Professional development is a high priority. Staff are knowledgeable and able to grow and develop their expertise because of the training and support they receive.

There is a culture of excellence that is promoted across all aspects of school life. Leaders promote a culture of excellence in everything they do.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

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