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Plans in place to bring Lakenheath Community Primary School back to 'good' Ofsted rating

The headteacher of a Lakenheath school which was told to improve by inspectors this month said changes are under way to return it to its previously ‘good’ rating.

Lakenheath Community Primary School was rated as ‘requires improvement’ in an Ofsted report published last week after an inspection in March flagged shortcomings in the school’s leadership, management and quality of education.

The report said early years reading lessons at the Mill Road school were ‘not good enough’ and that pupils’ skills were ‘not developed in a coherent way’.

Lakenheath Primary School. Picture by Mark Westley. (35444248)
Lakenheath Primary School. Picture by Mark Westley. (35444248)

It said: “Children in the early years do not have enough opportunities to practise core skills of reading, writing and mathematics in either their play or with an adult. They are not making the progress that they ought to be.

“Leaders need to ensure that opportunities for practice are planned in and that staff are confident in how to develop these early key skills.”

But the report also rated behaviour and personal development at the school as ‘good’ and said that headteacher Sally Esom and her staff had ‘successfully begun to turn this decline around’. It added that pupils at the school are ‘happy’, ‘well-supported’ and that there is a ‘strong focus on developing pupils’ personal development’.

Miss Esom said: “We will be continuing to review our curriculum over the coming months to streamline our topics and improve teacher, and therefore pupil, skills.

“We were obviously disappointed not to achieve good in all areas but are confident that we are heading in the right direction and are already close in some aspects.”

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