Horringer Court Middle School in Bury St Edmunds maintains 'good' Ofsted rating
The headteacher of a Bury St Edmunds school which has been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted has said he is looking forward to getting back to ‘building and developing the good work’ once lockdown is over.
Horringer Court Middle School, in Glastonbury Road, was one of the last schools in the country to be visited by Ofsted before inspections were halted due to the coronavirus crisis.
A report published on Monday said the school had maintained its ‘good rating’.
Steve Palmer, headteacher, said: “We were delighted with the report. I thought the areas highlighted as particular strengths were the things that we believed to be the best aspects of our school.
“The fact that the children enjoy coming to school and that the inspectors recognised the sense of community in our school is really positive.”
The report said:“Pupils and parents like the specialist teachers and facilities, and the range of subjects on offer. Pupils appreciate that these give them more opportunities in the future. Staff are proud to work at this school. They have high expectations of what pupils can achieve. Pupils respond by working hard and behaving well.”
It added that pupils at the school were ‘kind and considerate of each other’, ‘feel safe’ and ‘can talk to adults if they have any concerns’.
The report also outlined areas in which the school could improve, including in teaching plans and the speed at which pupils make progress in reading.
It added: “Pupils do not get enough information about future careers. This means that they do not have sufficient guidance to help them make choices later in life. Leaders should make sure pupils are provided with an effective careers education.”
Mr Palmer said the inspectors’ feedback ‘backed up’ his thoughts on what the school could do to improve and said that work had already begun on those areas before the country went into lockdown.
“We were already working on these anyway so things are on hold now but as soon as things get back to normal, we will continue building and developing the good work that takes places in the school,” he said.
“It’s a shame that we had to go into lockdown now rather than continue with the positivity the school had beforehand but when we all get back it will definitely be full steam ahead to make the school an even better place for all our staff and pupils.”
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