Inspectors recognise school improvements

The Gamelan (a traditional Indonesian musical instrument) was at Abbots Green Primary School
The Gamelan (a traditional Indonesian musical instrument) was at Abbots Green Primary School
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Three of our schools were toasting an upturn in fortunes over Christmas as Government inspectors gave them glowing reviews.

Abbots Green Community Primary in Bury St Edmunds, Thurston CEVC Primary School and Bishops CEVC Primary in Thetford all saw improved reports from Ofsted inspectors last week - despite tougher standards.

Abbots Green turned its rating of ‘satisfactory’ into ‘good’ after its inspection on December 4 and 5.

In the report, inspectors praised the work being done by Heidi Franklin, headteacher.

It said: “The headteacher’s drive and ambition for the school are evident in the impact her changes have made over the past few years.”

Thurston Primary also went from ‘satisfactory’ to ‘good’ after inspection.

Inspectors highlighted pupils’ behaviour, improvements in teaching and strong leadership as positives.

Bishops Primary maintained its level, rated as ‘requires improvement’ under new guidelines.

The headteacher, Daniel Pickard, and governors said they were pleased.

Bob Baker, chair of governors, said: “We are pleased that the inspectors recognise how far the school has come.”