Big tick for new school

CEDARWOOD Primary School has been opened for only four terms but has already established itself as a successful school with a glowing Ofsted Inspection and an "Investors in People Award".

CEDARWOOD Primary School has been opened for only four terms but has already established itself as a successful school with a glowing Ofsted Inspection and an "Investors in People Award".

The new school, in Ipswich, was built to cater for the growing population of Kesgrave. Planning began two years ago with 16 pupils interested in starting at the school. Now there are over 183 pupils with plans for new classrooms to accommodate the ever-increasing numbers.

The specially designed environmentally-friendly school is already achieving high standards of teaching according to the Ofsted Inspectors with a curriculum that provides a full range of learning opportunities for all pupils. The school was particularly praised for providing pupils with an excellent start to their education.

The inspectors went on to say that this school is already establishing good foundations for promoting high standard and that through good management the school is poised to make further advances.

The school was also praised for its warm, friendly atmosphere and establishing a strong link with parents. The Ofsted report highlights two areas for development, which are in monitoring and evaluation and increasing resources.

Doug Stroud, headteacher of the school, said: "It is quite amazing to have achieved such success in such a short time and this is a credit to the whole school community who have worked very hard to achieve such excellent results.

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"In setting up this new school we have faced the challenging task of bringing together pupils, teachers, parents and governors from over 50 different schools into one. This has meant a great deal of hard work on the part of everyone involved, but this challenge has been met with enthusiasm and determination from everyone connected with the school.

"Staff and governors have worked unstintingly to put into place all the systems needed to run a successful school and the parents and pupils have tirelessly raised funds and given their support."

Aside for all the hard work that has gone into establishing the new school, staff have found the time to organise an opening ceremony with the Duchess of Gloucester and pupils have just taken part in their first appearance at Snape Maltings in their prestigious Music for School's Week.

Staff and parents are also currently training to take part in a sponsored run to raise extra funds.

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