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Ipswich’s Rushmere Hall Primary School raises standard after told to improve by Ofsted

PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 February 2016 | UPDATED: 17:56 11 February 2016

A file picture of children in a classroom.

A file picture of children in a classroom.

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Action has been taken to raise standards at an Ipswich school after it was told to improve by the education watchdog.

The latest Ofsted inspection at Rushmere Hall Primary School found that leaders and governors were taking effective steps to make the school better.

In June last year, the school was rated as ‘requires improvements’ by inspectors – a decline from its previous review when it was deemed a ‘good’ school.

During the school’s first check-up inspection, which took place in January, it was found that staff morale was high and the interim headteachers had restored the staff’s trust in the leadership of the school.

In a letter to the school’s interim headteachers Margo Barker and Ian Kearns, Ofted inspector Heather Yaxley said: “The important groundwork is complete and there are now no obstacles in the way of school improvement.”

The letter, which is published on the Ofsted website, notes that the school has improved safety for pupils around the school entrance and car park; increased opportunities to formally assess pupils’ achievements; and given teachers and support staff extra training.

Laurence Collins, chairman of the school’s governors, said: “We are delighted that the hard work of our management team and staff has been recognised in the very thorough HMI monitoring visit.

“There is still more to do, but we are pleased that we are on the right track to improve standards so that all our children can reach their full potential.”

Rushmere Hall Primary School declined to comment.

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