December 13 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 13, 2013
It was a double celebration for pupils and staff at Worlingham Primary School this week as they settled into their new home and received a “good” grading by Ofsted.
The school has been relocated to the former Worlingham Middle School building in Garden Lane after Suffolk County Council’s School Organisation Review and the introduction of a new two-tier system, which means that the school caters for pupils from reception up to Year 6.
Headteacher Vicky O’Brien said the move had gone very smoothly and it was the start of a new era.
She said: “It’s great to have more space and the children are already becoming more familiar with the site.
“The new school will enable us to offer a more enriched curriculum and there will be space for special rooms. We are going to have a discovery room where pupils will have the opportunity to develop art projects, science projects and design and technology projects and we are going to have a room called the sanctuary which is being organised by our local Rev, Suzie Ellis, where children can reflect and have some quiet time away.
“We’ve also got lots of extra field space and the sports hall will enable us to host more sports events and use it for lettings.
“The whole team have pulled together and worked hard over the summer period to make sure the school was ready for opening day. It has all gone very smoothly and the children are very proud of their new school.”
A celebratory open day and special assembly for parents and visitors was held at the school yesterday, with pupils providing a snapshot of the curriculum including everything from music to art and PE to literacy.
On Ofsted, Mrs O’Brien added: “We were very pleased to maintain a good judgement. The report is a good reflection of where we are.
“It’s all down to the hard work of the teachers, pupils, governors and parents.”
Among other things, the school was praised for its ambitious leadership by the headteacher and deputy headteacher and a well-planned professional development programme.