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Two schools maintain 'good' Ofsted rating




Two schools within the same education trust have maintained their ‘good’ Ofsted rating.

Rattlesden and Thurston CoE Primary Academy’s were both celebrating after they received praise from Ofsted officials.

Helen Ballam, headteacher of Rattlesden Primary, said: “I am very proud of the children and all of the parents.

Rattlesden Primary School has been awarded 'good' Ofsted rating. Helen Ballam (headteacher) with pupils. Picture: Mark Westley.
Rattlesden Primary School has been awarded 'good' Ofsted rating. Helen Ballam (headteacher) with pupils. Picture: Mark Westley.

“Our next step is ‘outstanding’, I think building on what we have and continuing to expand.”

Both schools are part of the Thedwastre Education Trust, a multi-academy trust made up of four village primary schools in the area, including Woolpit and Great Barton.

Kathy Lambert, joint headteacher of Thurston Primary, said: “We are very pleased and proud of the recent Ofsted report, grading our school as ‘good’.

“The report highlighted the strong community spirit of the school and recognised how our children have a strong understanding of the vision ‘working together to inspire, challenge and achieve’ and of the Christian Values ‘respect, courage and resilience’.”

Inspectors had pointed out that children within Thurston Primary Academy had strong Christian values.

The report noted that the values, ‘respect, courage and resilience’ were promoted throughout assemblies and within the school day.

Rattlesden is currently working towards the primary science quality mark national award, which is an award scheme to develop and celebrate the quality of science teaching and learning in primary schools.

The school was judged ‘good’ in all areas and a parent survey showed 100 per cent of respondents said they would recommend the school to others.

A short inspection was carried out at Thurston Primary, the first since it converted to an academy.

Mrs Lambert added: “The inspector agreed with the school’s main focus which is building on the success of our new maths curriculum and encouraging and promoting reading for pleasure, within a rich curriculum.”

Rattlesden’s combined Year 6 SATs results in 2018 were above both national and Suffolk standards.

They have increased year on year since Mrs Ballam was appointed headteacher.

She added: “Leaders and governors are ambitious for all pupils and strive for excellence.”

Thurston Primary School, have just been given a 'good' rating from Ofsted. Kathy Lambert and John Bayes the headteachers with pupils. Picture: Mark Westley.
Thurston Primary School, have just been given a 'good' rating from Ofsted. Kathy Lambert and John Bayes the headteachers with pupils. Picture: Mark Westley.


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