School judged outstanding for third time in a row

A SCHOOL is celebrating after it was judged “outstanding” for the third time in a row.

Fordham Primary School in Fordham, near Newmarket, has once again been hailed one of the nation’s top schools following a visit by inspectors from Ofsted.

The inspectors praised the quality of teaching, the behaviour and attitudes of pupils and the leadership of the headteacher and governing body.

They said consistently good, and sometimes outstanding, teaching was at the hub of the school’s high standards.

The report said: “Key strengths include a brisk pace and precise questioning that probe pupils’ understanding and grab their interest.

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“The school has developed an outstanding curriculum that places each pupil at the heart of its work. Many aspects of care, guidance and support are outstanding and have a demonstrable impact on improving outcomes for pupils.

“Pupils’ very positive attitudes are characteristic of lessons and indicate the outstanding progress which pupils make in lessons. As a result, attainment is high.”

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Headteacher Kevin Bullock, who lives in Bury St Edmunds, said: “We truly believe that success doesn’t come by simply doing more, but by doing fewer things, fantastically. It’s about allowing teachers to do what they’re great at – teaching - instead of making them a slave to tedious assessment systems. Finally it’s about relationships in the whole community being built on trust and Christian values. Out motto is: “It takes a whole community to raise a child; striving for excellence together.”

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