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Ofsted awards village school 'good' rating for the second time




A village primary school has maintained its ‘good’ Ofsted rating after an inspection earlier this month.

Elmswell Primary School, in Oxer Close, was awarded the rating after the report said the school had strong community spirit and that bullying was not an issue.

Jane Ash, headteacher said: “We are delighted that Ofsted recognised that we continue to be a good school. All of the school staff work hard to ensure that children receive the best possible experience of school life at Elmswell. They have developed the curriculum so that the content continues to be varied and challenging. The inspector commented on how happy the children were and that they were interested, enjoying their lessons and behaving well throughout the school.

ELMSWELL: Rated 'good' by Ofsted.Elmswell Community Primary School, Oxer Cl, Elmswell, Bury Saint Edmunds.The primary school has maintained it's 'good' ofsted rating. Picture by Mark Westley. (27933328)
ELMSWELL: Rated 'good' by Ofsted.Elmswell Community Primary School, Oxer Cl, Elmswell, Bury Saint Edmunds.The primary school has maintained it's 'good' ofsted rating. Picture by Mark Westley. (27933328)

“We would like to thank the governing body and our parents for all their support so that our school will continue to go from strength.”

In the report, inspector John Randall said: “Pupils are happy, interested in and enjoy their lessons. They smile as they move around the school. Pupils behave well and work hard because they get on well with their teachers – they want to do well for them.”

For the school to improve, the report said: “In 2019, pupils’ progress figures dipped in reading and mathematics. These results reflect the general finding that some pupils do not understand exactly what teachers are asking them to do or how to write down their thoughts clearly enough. Leaders need to build on their work to improve pupils’ comprehension skills and vocabulary so that pupils can successfully answer questions about their work that are presented in different ways,’ and ‘leaders’ changes to their curriculum are relatively new in some areas. Staff need to become more familiar with the new ways of working so that good practice is embedded across all subjects.

“Curriculum leaders need to monitor the quality of teaching and learning closely and take effective action so that all groups of pupils make the progress they should.”

The report said the arrangements for safeguarding were effective and that leaders oversaw a strong culture of safeguarding. Safeguarding checks on staff were complete and up to date.

And it added: “Leaders have changed their approach to, and content of, their curriculum. It suits pupils better, particularly those pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities.”


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