Head ‘delighted’ to receive good rating

Great Heath Primary School in Mildenhall gets a good ofsted.
Great Heath Primary School in Mildenhall gets a good ofsted.
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Hard work has paid off for staff and students at Great Heath Primary School who received their first good rating from Ofsted.

Headteacher Steven Vincent said he was ‘delighted’ with the education watchdog’s findings.

“We’re very, very pleased. Since Ofsted began the school has never received the dizzy heights of good - we’ve been trying really, really hard for that.

“It’s recognition of the efforts we put in.” He said.

The school was last inspected in 2009 when it was rated satisfactory.

Ofsted recognised the improvements made across all areas.

It awarded the school good ratings in the achievement and behaviour of students, the quality of teaching and the school’s leadership.

Mr Vincent said: “One of the main things we have focused on is pupil progress which is at the heart of the school improvement plan.”

Mr Vincent said the teaching in every class inspected was judged to be good or better.

Within their report inspectors said ‘pupils make good progress and achieve well across a range of subjects and skills’.

Mr Vincent said the school will now strive to become outstanding.

He said: “We have already started to put in place plans.

“There were some outstanding lessons, we want to make sure there are more of those.”

Ofsted’s inspectors outlined the areas where improvement was needed for the school to achieve an outstanding rating.

These included ensuring that marking demonstrated how pupils could improve and that younger students be given the opportunity to take on more responsibility

The school moved in October 2012 to occupy the building left vacant by the closure of College Heath Middle School.

Mr Vincent said: “I’m very pleased that despite that disruption we were not de-railed from the focus of teaching, learning and achievement of pupils.”