A school on a Bury St Edmunds estate has been praised by watchdogs who highlighted improvements in pupil progress and the quality of teaching.
Howard Primary, in St Olave’s Road, was rated ‘good’ across all key areas by Ofsted with a rise in standards after being told to improve at its last full inspection in October 2012.
In their report, inspectors said: “The school has improved well since the previous inspection in spite of a change of half the teaching staff. The head, other leaders and governors are working effectively to raise standards and improve the quality of teaching.”
Teaching is ‘good and some aspects outstanding’, pupils’ achievement is rising at Key Stages 1 and 2 and Year 4 pupil behaviour is ‘outstanding’ with ‘almost a half the class reading at the level expected at Year 6’. To improve, inspectors said the school needed to ‘move teaching to outstanding so pupils make more rapid progress’.
Head Bernadette Higgins said: “The whole school community works very hard together and we are proud of this judgement particularly around the area of equality of opportunity.”