School retains ‘good’ rating

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A BURY St Edmunds school has retained its positive rating from education watchdogs.

St Edmund’s Catholic Primary, in Westgate Street, has been judged as ‘good’ by Ofsted inspectors.

It has held the same ranking since it was last inspected in April 2007.

In a report, lead inspector Michael Sutherland-Harper said: “Progress rates are good. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and curriculum enrichment are strengths.

“The headteacher, staff and governing body are ambitious for the school.

“Teaching is good but the school is not yet outstanding because some satisfactory teaching occurs where lessons are teacher dominated.”

He added: “The strong, varied curriculum engages pupils effectively with learning.”

On what the school needs to do to improve further, Mr Sutherland-Harper recommended that all teaching be ‘consistently good or better, with at least a third outstanding, by July 2013’.

Ways to achieve this are ‘encouraging an appropriate blend of teacher and pupil input in lessons, emphasising consistency of expectations, sharing of best practice across the school and making sure that marking always indicates the way forward’.