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'Outstanding' Suffolk schools not inspected in more than a decade

PUBLISHED: 05:30 02 December 2019 | UPDATED: 12:01 02 December 2019

Which Suffolk schools have not been inspected for more than a decade? Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO/MONKEYBUSINESSIMAGES

Which Suffolk schools have not been inspected for more than a decade? Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO/MONKEYBUSINESSIMAGES

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The 'outstanding' Suffolk schools that have not had full inspections from Ofsted for more than 10 years have been revealed.

The Risby Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, in Aylmer Close, Risby, has not had a full inspection since January 15, 2009.

Sebert Wood Community Primary School, in Bury St Edmunds, has also not had a full inspection report published by Ofsted since July 14, 2009.

A number of other schools have converted to academies in the last 10 years, but have also not had full inspections:

- The Brooklands Primary School in Brantham, which converted to an academy in June 2018, has not had a full inspection since November 25, 2008.

- Debenham High School, which converted to an academy in February 2012, has not had a full inspection since January 22, 2008.

- Great Barton Church of England Primary Academy, which converted into an academy in January 2016, has not been inspected since January 26, 2009.

- The Hintlesham and Chattisham Primary School, which also became an academy in 2018, was last inspected on January 27, 2009.

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- Thomas Mills High School, in Framlingham, was last fully inspected on October 5, 2006, with an interim assessment carried out in 2010. It converted to an academy in February 2012.

Under the Education Act 2011, outstanding schools are exempt from regular Ofsted inspections.

Yet this summer, Her Majesty's Inspector Dan Lambert said Ofsted felt this rule had "had its day".

Writing for the Ofsted blog, he said parents, teachers, leaders and governors liked the outstanding grade and its "aspirational" quality, but many felt exemption from regular inspection "is not necessarily in the school's or the children's best interests".

Similar concerns were raised by the Department for Education (DfE), which announced a host of new measures in September to boost school standards.

In their announcement, they revealed outstanding schools would lose their exemption from regular inspection.

"Some outstanding schools have not been inspected for a decade and this programme will ensure that parents have up-to-date information about the quality of education their children are receiving, and that standards remain high," a spokesman said.

MORE: Where are Suffolk's inadequate and outstanding schools?

- This article has been updated to include 'outstanding' schools that have been converted to academies in the last 10 years, and have also not been inspected in more than a decade.

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