Primary school in Bury St Edmunds is told by Ofsted it needs to improve

Have your say

A primary school in Bury St Edmunds has been that it needs to improve following an inspection by Ofsted.

It found that Howard Primary School needs toput more emphasis on writing which it said was not as strong as reading and maths.

Inspectors said pupils did not get enough chances to write in different subjects.

Oftsed also said work for more able pupils is not always hard enough and pupils do not consistently respond to teacher’s comments in their books.

Overall it rated the school as satisfactory, the same as the last inspection in 2010.

Pupil achievement, quality of teaching, leadership and management were all rated as satisfactory.

Only pupil behaviour was rated higher, as good.

Inspectors did however praise the headteacher Bernadette Higgins for her ‘clear vision for improving the school’ and said her ‘united team of staff’ was amongst the strengths.

And they said teaching had improved this term, so that on the whole it is good.

Reading standards are above average, the report added.

See the report at