“This school has come a very long way in three years.” - Lowestoft primary is rated ‘good’ and improving three years after ‘inadequate’ Ofsted report

Red Oak Primary School. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Red Oak Primary School. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A Lowestoft primary school has received the seal of approval from inspectors who say it is a 'good and improving' school.

Red Oak Primary School has been rated as 'good' by Ofsted following a two-day inspection in February.

Inspectors stated that the school is 'good and improving', while senior leaders and governors have 'created a vibrant culture where success and hard work are celebrated'.

The report is the school's first as an Active Learning Trust (ALT) academy following its gaining of academy status in 2014.

Headteacher Heather Madsen commented: 'I am immensely proud of the improvements we have made in the last three years, moving from inadequate to good and improving.


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'I truly believe this is down to the huge commitment of the staff, governors and the Trust (ALT) and I am particularly delighted that our parents have learnt to trust us and engage more in school life.'

Class teaching was highlighted in the report, which stated 'most pupils, including those who are disadvantaged, make good progress in all areas'.

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While during lessons, children are 'absorbed in developing their understanding and knowledge.'

Inspectors also praised the school's extra-curricular and sports offering and pupils learn about the importance of healthy living.

The latest Ofsted report advised improvements were required to ensure the curriculum provides 'excellent opportunities for pupils to develop their skills, as well as their knowledge, in foundation subjects such as history, geography and science'.

Chief executive officer of the Active Learning Trust, Gary Peile, said: 'This Ofsted judgement for Red Oak provides external evidence of what we have known for some time – the school is not only good but improving.

'This is testament to the hard and determined work of Heather Madsen, her excellent team, every pupil at the school and the parents and carers who give the school so much support.

'This school has come a very long way in the three years since it achieved academy status with the Active Learning Trust and I am delighted the work that the school does as part of both the Trust and the Lowestoft hub of schools has been recognised.'

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