School’s sixth ‘outstanding’

Outstanding inspection for County Upper School in terms of their most able students.''FL; Vicky Neale with Students from all years celebrate another successful inspection.
Outstanding inspection for County Upper School in terms of their most able students.''FL; Vicky Neale with Students from all years celebrate another successful inspection.
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A secondary school in Bury St Edmunds is top of the class with education watchdogs after landing its sixth ‘outstanding’ rating.

County Upper, in Beeton’s Way, received the grade from Ofsted for a survey inspection looking at how well the school caters for its most able students - defined as the top 30 per cent.

Since 1998, the school has scored ‘outstanding’ in three full Ofsted inspections, two surveys and a science inspection.

Inspector John Daniel said: “High expectations linked to challenging targets and challenge in the classroom secure levels of attainment and progress which are well above the national average.”

County Upper is part of the Bury Academy Trust - an arrangement which ‘serves students very well’. Mr Daniel added: “The risk of underachieving is low as a variety of successful intervention strategies are implemented in a timely fashion.”

Head Vicky Neale said ‘only a handful of schools in the country’ will have achieved six ‘outstanding’ rankings.

Dr Richard Fletcher, chairman of governors, felt that praise for the Academy Trust will be ‘very reassuring for parents in these confusing times’. He added: “The one certainty is the Trust schools will remain unchanged.”