A PRIMARY school where “pupils enjoy learning” has been praised by an education watchdog.

Ofsted visited Friar's Grove Primary School in July and published its findings on Monday.

Following the two day visit, lead inspector Rowena Simmons praised the pupils for being “eager to collaborate with their peers to complete their work to a high standard”.

The school, in Upland Drive, Colchester, was praised for offering a wide range of clubs for its 408 pupils to join, including ukulele, junk modelling, wildlife, cake decoration, and sports and dance clubs.

Teachers and the leadership team were also commended for delivering a curriculum which is “ambitious for all pupils in terms of both their academic achievement and wider development”.


The school’s safeguarding procedures and arrangements for children with special educational needs and disabilities were also praised by the inspector.

Ofsted deemed the school to be “good”, meaning it missed out on the top rating of “outstanding”.

Outlining suggested improvements, the inspector wrote: “In a few subjects, pupils’ knowledge is not yet sufficiently challenged for them to make as much progress as they might. This means that some pupils who are capable of achieving more not do not learn as much as they could.”