Ofsted praises Bury St Edmunds school for ‘rapid’ pupil progress
A Bury St Edmunds school has been praised by Ofsted for rapid pupil progress, strong teaching and a carefully crafted curriculum.
Westgate Primary, in Brooklands Close, ‘continues to be good’ according to the education watchdog following a short inspection.
The school was judged to be good in June 2011 and schools which have maintained this rating receive a short one day visit by Ofsted.
Westgate has taken on Year 5 pupils who will move up to the school’s first Year 6 classes. In a report, Inspector Maria Curry commended leaders for ‘maintaining an ethos where all pupils are integrated seamlessly into school life’.
She said head Jim Cleaver and his leadership team have ‘remained focused on improving teaching and learning and, as a result, the progress that pupils make is rising rapidly’.
The inspection found that ‘teaching is strong across the school, particularly in upper Key Stage 2 where teachers have high expectations’.
Meanwhile, the curriculum is ‘carefully crafted’ and enhanced by clubs. Special events ‘further enrich learning’.
The majority of parents ‘speak highly of the support they and their children receive’ and inspectors noted how one parent wrote to thank Mr Cleaver and staff for supporting their child. The parent said: “Thank you for literally changing our lives by seeking out the lovely little boy we always knew was there.”
To improve further, leaders and governors should ensure teaching in maths is ‘more consistently challenging in all classes’. Improvements evident in early years provision should also continue.
Mr Cleaver said: “We’re thrilled at the outcome of our inspection. This reflects the hard work and dedication of the staff that ensure we provide the best possible opportunities for all our children.
“I’m so proud of all my staff and pupils; it was a pleasure to read in the report ‘pupils behave well and enjoy school’ and our curriculum is ‘carefully crafted’.
“We’ve always known Westgate is a great school and it is pleasing that the process of inspection recognised the many strengths and features that make it such a vibrant place to come and learn.”