‘Happy school’ - primary turns around its fortunes to get ‘good’ Ofsted
- Credit: Archant
A school which was previously rated as ‘requires improvement’ has worked hard over the last three years to reach a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted.
During the 2017 inspection of Somersham Primary School, education regulator Ofsted found inconsistent teaching standards and a lack of feedback for pupils to improve.
In the January inspection however, every single area was rated as "good" - with particular praise of good behaviour and a desire to learn.
Emma Burgess, executive headteacher, said: "After getting the 'requires improvement' we addressed all of the points that came out.
"I have to say I am so appreciative of the community who all pulled together to make this happen.
"I want them to be recognised and the children - they were so amazing and put so much effort in on the day and it is all down to them."
As part of the changes, the school focused on three key priorities - health and happiness, diversity and the environment.
- 1 Village hall treasurer jailed after stealing cash to help his business
- 2 Push for 4 day work week in Suffolk after company's profits soar 200%
- 3 Road near A14 closed after 'serious' two-vehicle crash
- 4 'Incredible' Downes tipped 'to play at the very top'
- 5 When loans go permanent: Town's hits and misses when keeping hired hands full-time
- 6 First look inside Ipswich's new Tim Hortons ahead of opening
- 7 'We thought he could be someone special' - Comolli on McKenna's start in coaching
- 8 Flood alert issued for parts of Suffolk coastline
- 9 Colchester sack Mullins as ex-Town defender takes interim charge of U's
- 10 Walton completes permanent move to Ipswich Town
Mrs Burgess added: "A lot of the staff have been here for so long they've worked so hard to get us where we are.
"It's a lovely, vibrant happy school which just needed a little pulling together, and that has translated into results.
"The report meant so much to everybody here and we're so happy we had done enough."
Ofsted noted that teachers at Somersham are passionate about what they teach and inspire pupils to learn, saying children engage in lessons with "purpose, interest and awe".
They also credited the arrival of new leadership at the school as a key change, with Mrs Burgess running an experienced and committed team of staff.
"Pupils love to learn in this happy school. Learning time is rarely disrupted by poor behaviour because pupils enjoy their lessons," the report said.