School is rated as ‘satisfactory’

Have your say

A VILLAGE primary school given notice to improve by Ofsted inspectors has been rated as ‘satisfactory’ after a visit last month.

Crawford’s Primary School in Haughley has ‘successfully tackled’ weaknesses identified in its earlier report and headteacher Clare Farrant says the improvements are down to hard work by staff and governors.

Inspectors say that the 61- pupil school is providing satisfactory achievement for its pupils, with teaching, behaviour, leadership and management all described as satisfactory. Inspectors noted that while attainments in reading and maths are in line with expectations, pupils’ writing is below that expectation. However, a focus on making writing interesting and enjoyable is having a positive impact especially in engaging boys and helping to close the gap in the expected performance of children at this age.

The report says that most parents and carers who returned questionnaires were satisfied with their children’s progress and commented on improvements.

Parents also agreed their children were well taught with inspectors commenting that there is good teaching of targeted groups of more able students and that most pupils found the teaching helpful and that their work was improving,

Inspectors praised the ‘drive and determination’ of the headteacher and new leadership for the governing body had brought ‘expertise and rigour’.

Mrs Farrent said: “We are really pleased the inspectors recognised all the hard work which has been done by staff and governors.

“The school’s self-evaluation was judged to be accurate with the points raised by inspectors being those things we already wanted to take on.”

Mrs Farrent said that as a village school they also had good links with the local community.