Stars turn out for the Stebbing fete

PUBLISHED: 06:49 20 July 2006 | UPDATED: 21:12 29 May 2010

Children enjoy Line Dancing at the Stebbing Primary School Summer Fete

Children enjoy Line Dancing at the Stebbing Primary School Summer Fete

STEBBING Primary School celebrated receiving a glowing Ofsted report at its Summer Fete in the company of two well known faces on Saturday. Ronnie Irani, whose daughter is a pupil at the school, and Anton Du Beke, star of the BBC s Strictly Come Dancing,

Anton Du Beke shows headteacher Janet Matthews how it’s done

STEBBING Primary School celebrated receiving a glowing Ofsted report at its Summer Fete in the company of two well known faces on Saturday.

Ronnie Irani, whose daughter is a pupil at the school, and Anton Du Beke, star of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, both signed autographs and chatted to people at the event which raised £1,700 for school funds.

Headteacher Janet Matthews said: "They were both very friendly and really charming and we were delighted that Ronnie was able to get Anton to come along as well.

"They met through the television programme, and it was a little embarrassing when I almost fell over when Anton gave me a quick dance lesson!

"The day was a great success and it was lovely to be able to celebrate our excellent recent Ofsted report in style."

All areas of school life were scrutinised by the Ofsted inspectors, with pupils' social development rated Very Good, behaviour given the coveted judgement of Outstanding and the school's governing body being deemed Impressive.

"I am very proud to be leading such a good school and we are all extremely pleased with Ofsted's conclusions," said Mrs Matthews, who joined the school in January.

"We have lots of exciting developments in the pipeline and are seeking to achieve even more Outstanding gradings next time around.

"Our SATs results were exceptionally good this year in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, with many of our children achieving above the national average.

Mrs Matthews got the post of headteacher six months ago after she replied to a job advert which was written in a lonely hearts style.

"There are not enough headteachers to go round in the country and so the school decided to do something a bit different when it came to advertising the post," she said.

"I was even featured on Anglia News when I got the job, running lovingly towards the school!

"It is wonderful that the school has grown and improved since my arrival, but my colleagues and support staff are the real key to our success.

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