Bacton Community Primary School headteacher’s delight after improved Ofsted rating

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The headteacher of a Suffolk village’s primary school that was praised for its improvement by Ofsted said the latest report is “absolutely fabulous news.”

Bacton Community Primary School, in Taylor’s Green in the village, has been rated good in its latest inspection.

In the previous inspection, in 2013, the school was judged to have required improvement.

In the latest inspection, the report said: “The headteacher’s determined leadership is driving improvement forward. He is very well supported by a strong governing body and senior and subject leaders.”

Andy Emms, headteacher at the school, said: “It’s absolutely fabulous news. We’ve known it for a while that we have been operating at a good level.

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“When we were told we required improvement it was a bitter pill to swallow. We agreed with the judgement, and at that time we were an improving school.

“Our report didn’t reflect we were improving.”

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All but one of the five categories inspected by Ofsted, received a good rating.

The behaviour and safety of pupils has been rated as outstanding by inspectors.

The report says: “It is outstanding because the school has high expectations of pupils’ conduct in and out of classrooms.

“Clear boundaries are set to guide pupils’ conduct, and frequent measured praise and meaningful rewards all contribute to pupils’ outstanding behaviour.”

The inspection also noted the “happy and friendly” school atmosphere and said Mr Emms has a clear vision for how the school can be further improved.

Inspectors added that the quality of teaching had improved since the inspection two years earlier, and following action taken from that inspection, so has the achievement of pupils at the school.

To improve further, the report says the school should improve the outdoor learning area so early years pupils have better opportunities to develop all their skills and ensure that teachers improve the quality of marking and written feedback to increase the rate of pupils’ progress and give guidance on accurate presentation of their work.

Mr Emms added: “It’s been hard work but we have got there and we’re feeling ecstatic.

“The pupils are fully engaged, responsive individuals and it’s a pleasure to teach them.

“We’re proud of their achievements.

“I think the only way is up for us. We knew what we have got to improve on.

“We had highlighted it before the inspection and we’re already on to those things.

“It’s about providing the absolute best for the children in this part of Suffolk.”

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