Bury St Edmunds school in special measures is improving

Tollgate Primary School, Bury St Edmunds.
Tollgate Primary School, Bury St Edmunds.
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A Bury St Edmunds school which was placed in special measures is showing signs of improvement.

Tollgate Primary, which was judged ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted in November, is making ‘reasonable progress towards the removal of special measures’ following a monitoring visit by inspectors.

A report highlighted ‘clear indications that pupils’ progress is beginning to accelerate and that achievement is rising’.

Inspectors found ‘the quality of teaching has improved, none is inadequate, much is good and some is outstanding’.

They felt that ‘improvements have come about because teachers have a much sharper focus on pupils’ learning’. Improvement planning at the school is ‘much better’.

However, it is ‘not yet ambitious enough in linking improvements in the quality of teaching to pupils’ attainment’. Meanwhile, attendance has fallen since the school was last inspected and is ‘too low’.

Head David Hicks said he was pleased with the progress highlighted. He added: “As a team we’re working towards moving out of special measures. It’s pleasing to see how well the governors and parents are supporting the school. It’s a community effort.”

Further monitoring by Ofsted will be held next term.