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Bury St Edmunds: Ofsted say Howard Community Primary School is now ‘good’

PUBLISHED: 11:34 25 June 2014

Howard Primary School in Bury St Edmunds has improved from 'requiring improvement' to 'good' at its latest Ofsted inspection.

Howard Primary School in Bury St Edmunds has improved from 'requiring improvement' to 'good' at its latest Ofsted inspection.

A Bury St Edmunds primary school has been judged by inspectors to be “good” overall with outstanding features after they felt it required improvement in 2012.

Howard Community Primary School had a visit by Ofsted earlier this month, with inspectors
concluding the school is “good” in four key areas: achievement of pupils, quality of teaching,
behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.

When the school, on Bury’s Howard estate, was inspected by Ofsted in 2012 it was found to
‘require improvement’.

On the recent inspection, headteacher Bernadette Higgins said: “The whole school community works very hard together and we are proud of this judgement particularly around the area of equality of opportunity.”

In the report’s summary, it said: “The school has improved well
since the previous inspection in
spite of a change of half the teaching staff.

“The headteacher, other leaders and governors are working
effectively to raise standards
and improve the quality of teaching.”

It said some aspects of teaching is outstanding and “the outstanding behaviour of the oldest pupils is an excellent role model to the rest of the school”.

Howard Primary – which is part of the Bury Schools Partnership (BSP) – is set to increase its age range to take pupils up until the end of year six due to the move to two-tier
education in the area.

Miss Higgins said: “Obviously part of the reason for the BSP was to ensure good practice and outstanding practice across the partnership was maintained whilst the transition to two tier takes place so obviously it’s heartening for us to know that is the case.”

The Bury St Edmunds Academy Trust, including County Upper School – which is across the road from Howard Primary, is not part of the educational restructure.

Miss Higgins said: “We would
like the schools to work together
so, whether children attend a
two-tier school or a three-tier school, the parents still have choice
about which upper school they attend.”

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