Students happy at ‘satisfactory’ school

STUDENTS at Stowmarket Middle School are ‘well-cared for’ and get ‘good support and guidance’, a recent Ofsted report has revealed.

But inspectors visiting the middle school, which has 527 pupils, have given it an overall grade of satisfactory, saying that it needs to improve.

Ofsted inspectors visited the school, in Walnut Tree Walk, Stowmarket, in March.

The grade means that features of the school are of reasonable quality and that it is providing adequately for its pupils. But inspectors called for improvements in teaching and learning and within the role of the governors.

The report commends the school for its ‘good aspects and early indications of improvements in standards especially in mathematics, and increasingly in English’.

The school is also acknowledged for pupils’ high attendance.

Questionnaires completed by 186 parents or carers showed that they are happy with their child’s experiences at the school and agreed that they enjoy going to school. But they also highlighted a concern about how the school deals with unacceptable behaviour.

Stowmarket Middle School scored satisfactory grades across the board, but also achieved some above average grades in areas such as, the extent to which pupils adopt a healthy lifestyle and the extent to which pupils contribute to the school and wider community. The effectiveness of care, guidance and support was recognised as above average, as was the effectiveness of the school’s engagement with parents and carers.

To improve, inspectors asked governors to keep a closer eye on the school and to set higher targets, and also told the school to develop ways to make sure that pupils achieve their best in classes.

Sally Holmes, Stowmarket Middle School headteacher, was unavailable to comment.