School is improving say inspectors

A SCHOOL placed on special measures last year is improving, inspectors say.Aldeburgh primary was visited by inspectors last term, and they have made positive comments about various aspects of school life in their report.

A SCHOOL placed on special measures last year is improving, inspectors say.

Aldeburgh primary was visited by inspectors last term, and they have made positive comments about various aspects of school life in their report.

The school hopes in time to have the special measures lifted, although a date has yet to be set for this to happen.

The inspectors noted a "significant improvement" in the quality of teaching, and said that in the main, expectations were high.


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They also felt recent innovations had had a positive impact, and that management of pupils' behaviour was generally effective.

New head Linda Berry, who took over in April, said a variety of new things were happening at the school.

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"They are saying things are improving. From our point of view we are thrilled and delighted about that," she said.

They now had all permanent staff at the school, following a number of staff changes, she said.

"Now we have a settled and experienced staff which I'm delighted with," she said.

The school's progress was helped by its "very supportive parents" and "wonderful governors", she added.

One of their latest projects was a plan to redevelop the school playground. Staff, parents and children have filled in questionnaires about what they wanted, and they hope to get the proposals off the ground after Christmas.

"It's a very positive, on-the-up place to be," she said.

"The inspectors said some very positive things, which is just reward."

Other plans include a school council, where pupils will be given their own decision-making powers, and a community music room at the site, already in use, will be officially opened on Wednesday, October 15.

"As a head teacher I know we are working effectively and there's good learning and teaching going on," she said. "To be fair to them, they have to be sure the improvements are sustainable. I know we are moving forward in a very positive way."

She added: "I think it's looking very good. As I say, we have wonderful children, wonderful staff."

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