Bury St Edmunds County Upper School retains ‘outstanding’ in Ofsted’s inspection blitz across Suffolk

County Upper School have received an Outstanding in their Ofsted report
County Upper School have received an Outstanding in their Ofsted report

Bury St Edmunds County Upper School has retained its ‘outstanding’ rating after it was caught in the recent blitz of inspections by watchdogs.

The school, in Beeton’s Way, which is part of the town’s all-through Academy Trust, received top marks from Ofsted across all levels with headteacher Vicky Neale hailed as ‘visionary’.

The body held snap visits at more than 30 schools across the county due to concerns over Suffolk’s educational standards.

At County Upper they found students ‘make outstanding progress and achieve results in GCSE exams well above the national average’.

Mrs Neale said: “Since 1998, we have had eight inspections and in every one the school has been judged outstanding.”

Richard Fletcher, chairman of governors, said: “The inspection was led by one of the most senior of Her Majesty’s Inspectors and she was extremely impressed not only by our school but by the Academy Trust arrangements.”

He added that as school organisation is reviewed ‘it is vital our all-through system is given serious consideration’.