Primary school gets top marks in Ofsted report

Gislingham CEVC Primary School celebrates its outstanding Ofsted rating.
Gislingham CEVC Primary School celebrates its outstanding Ofsted rating.
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A primary school is celebrating after it was given top marks in its latest Ofsted inspection and a rating of ‘outstanding’.

Accolades poured in for Gislingham Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School in the report released on November 7.

The behaviour of children was rated as ‘faultless’ and teaching as of a ‘very high standard’, while the leadership of headteacher, Andrew Berry, was described as ‘inspirational’.

Kit Wells, chair of governors, was thrilled with the report.

“This report is the well deserved result of a lot of extremely hard work by motivated and enthusiastic staff under the guidance of an exceptional headteacher.

“The children have responded fantastically to high quality teaching, as shown by the superb SATs results that have been achieved over the last two years.

“I am sure that parents, who have been very supportive of our efforts, will be delighted with this report.”

Inspector Heather Watson judged the school to be outstanding in all areas, including pupil achievement, the quality of teaching, pupil behaviour and in leadership and management.

The school has seen an upturn in fortunes since the appointment of Mr Berry in 2010.

Its last inspection, in November 2009, saw it given a rating of satisfactory - a score that would now see it ranked as ‘requiring improvement’.

In January 2011, the school become federated with Palgrave Primary School, having worked in partnership with it since 2005.

Mr Berry leads both schools, while a number of staff also work in both.