Lowestoft school makes big stride forward after inspection

Blundeston Primary School has been rated as 'good' by Ofsted in the latest report.Headteacher Kate S

Blundeston Primary School has been rated as 'good' by Ofsted in the latest report.Headteacher Kate Schonhut with some of the pupils.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Just over two years ago, it had been described by government education inspectors as a school which 'requires improvement'.

Blundeston Church of England Primary School has been rated as 'good' by Ofsted in the latest report.

Blundeston Church of England Primary School has been rated as 'good' by Ofsted in the latest report.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

But staff and pupils at Blundeston Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School are now celebrating after an inspection on March 10 and March 11 this year rated it as 'good', with early years provision rated as 'outstanding'.

Lead inspector Robert Greatrex said: 'Blundeston Primary is much improved since the previous inspection.

'In particular, improvement is rapid because school leaders embrace good-quality advice and suggestions, and act upon these immediately.'

Headteacher Kate Schonhut said: 'I am extremely proud of everyone's efforts and the hard work that has gone into this.


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'Everyone has pulled together and we have worked really hard.'

It comes after the school was graded as outstanding in an inspection of the school by the Church of England before Christmas.

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Mrs Schonhut said: 'We have had a big push on recruitment, with a lot of new teachers in the school.

'If you have got quality teaching and learning in place things happen – you can go from there.

'My deputy and I work closely together and we have a new maths leader – an outstanding leader and teacher, who has turned maths around with children who enjoy the subject.

'This is great grounding for them to progress to secondary school.'

Praising the 'effectiveness' of the team of 23 staff – including all the teaching assistants and office staff – Mrs Schonhut added: 'Everyone plays their part to the full.

'The governors and the leadership of the governors is a real strength of the school.

'Our curriculum is a really creative curriculum, where sport is flourishing and the development of the early years environment has been phenomenal.'

Now the school is aiming for 'outstanding across the board', according to Mrs Schonhut, as they look to develop and improve the library area in the summer holidays and 'open up more space for the children'.

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