School taken out of special measures after Ofsted praise

St Edmundsbury Primary School ofsted report was good with outstanding elements
St Edmundsbury Primary School ofsted report was good with outstanding elements

A BURY St Edmunds school has been taken out of special measures after being praised by education watchdogs.

St Edmundsbury Primary School, in Grove Road, was commended by an Ofsted inspector for improving standards in less than two terms.

Her Majesty’s Inspector David Jones rated the school as ‘good’ with several ‘outstanding’ elements.

He said: “The senior management team has raised expectations and attainment, enhanced pupils’ progress, eliminated inadequate teaching, improved behav-iour and attendance and established a positive relation-ship with parents and carers.”

The school was placed in special measures last year after inspectors raised a number of concerns.

However, in less than two terms staff have turned the situation around for the better.

Outstanding elements include the school’s capacity for sustained improvement, the use of assessment to support learning and the effectiveness of leadership and management in embedding ambition and driving improvement.

In his report, Mr Jones noted that new headteacher Jo Lundy introduced a ‘robust assessment programme’ across the school.

He said the leadership team had done ‘outstandingly well to secure the substantial improvements’.

Mr Jones added: “It is difficult to say what more could have been achieved by the current senior staff in such a short time frame.” To improve further, he advised them to extend the range of ‘exciting topic work’ and develop partnerships with other schools.

Mrs Lundy said: “It has been a genuine team effort and we’re very pleased this has been recognised to such a high degree.”

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said it was were ‘delighted’ the school had come out of special measures so quickly.