Fressingfield Primary School celebrates being rated “good” by Ofsted
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A primary school, previously rated as requiring improvement, is celebrating after efforts to move the school forward were rewarded with a 'good' Ofsted rating.
Fressingfield Primary School, near Harleston, was last inspected in 2014 when inspectors said the school needed to improve the quality of teaching, improve leadership and management and raise standards in writing and mathematics.
But after an inspection at the end of last month, the school - which has 127 pupils aged three to 11 - gained a 'good' rating across the board.
The report commented on the 'committed' and 'effective' work of the headteacher Mark Taylor, the assistant headteacher, staff and governors in improving the school since the previous inspection.
It also stated: 'Previous weaknesses in teaching, identified at the last inspection, have been managed well. Now teachers' expectations of what pupils can achieve are much higher.'
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The report also praised the efforts made by Mr Taylor and the governors to secure 'better educational outcomes for pupils' and identifying 'the need to increase leadership responsibility to ensure they influence improvements in the quality of teaching and learning'.
Mr Taylor said: 'Over the last three-and-a-half years I've been at Fressingfield Primary School, a huge amount of work has gone into moving the school forward. 'The children, parents, staff and governors have worked tirelessly to create an environment where children can enjoy their learning and achieve to a very high standard - last year the school achieved its best ever results.'
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Also commended was the positive attitude of pupils and their productively and the 'very strong' relationships between pupils and staff.
Recommended improvements to be made included providing more regular activities which 'enthuse and challenge' the most able pupils and to improve the work of some middle leaders.
Mary Lewis, chair of governors at the school, said: 'There is always more to do and we are committed to ensuring that our children continue to receive the high quality education they deserve.'