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Great Waldingfield school celebrates a ‘good’ grading from Ofsted inspectors just two years after being told it required improvement

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 June 2016 | UPDATED: 13:58 14 June 2016

Headteacher, Tina Hosford and pupils at Great Waldingfield Primary School celebrate their Ofsted report.

Headteacher, Tina Hosford and pupils at Great Waldingfield Primary School celebrate their Ofsted report.

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A primary school labelled as requiring improvement is celebrating after achieving a ‘good’ Ofsted rating at its latest inspection.

Headteacher Tina Hosford said everyone was “extremely proud” to be rated ‘good’ in all categories at Great Waldingfield Church of England VC Primary School

“Together we have taken the school from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’ in less than two years,” she said.

“The success is down to hard work by a dedicated team and of course, amazing children.

“During that two years there has been almost a complete change in teaching staff, a new chair of governors and rigorous self-evaluation.”

During the recently-published report, Mrs Hosford was highlighted for praise by inspectors.

“The headteacher’s strong leadership and determination to make the school as good as possible has brought about good improvement since the last inspection,” they said.

“Other leaders with key responsibilities and members of the governing body have supported the headteacher well in improving teaching and raising achievement.”

The report says pupils’ attainment at the end of Key Stage Two improved in 2015 and standards are rising further still for pupils at the school.

The June 2014 inspection had found the school needed to improve, with inspectors saying not enough pupils were making good progress in English and mathematics.

At the time, they said changes made by Mrs Hosford as a new headteacher at the school had not yet had time to make a sufficient impact.

Now however, inspectors said many pupils in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two were making “better than expected progress”.

“Good teaching in the early years is enabling children to progress well,” said the new report. “The proportion set to reach a good level of development by the end of the reception year is above national expectations.”

Mrs Hosford said the school had now grown considerably and in September would see a single-form entry, which she said would eliminate mixed-age classes.

She added: “Obviously Great Waldingfield is not content with ‘good’ – the journey to ‘outstanding’ has already begun. There are exciting times ahead at this school.”


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