Broke Hall Primary School in Ipswich keeps ‘good’ Ofsted rating whilst it considers academising

Broke Hall Primary School has received a good Ofsted rating. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Broke Hall Primary School has received a good Ofsted rating. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The school received a short inspection on February 21 when two Ofsted inspectors along with one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors visited the school.

Broke Hall Primary School has received a good Ofsted rating. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Broke Hall Primary School has received a good Ofsted rating. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The inspectors described Broke Hall as “welcoming and inclusive” where “pupils feels valued and are rightly proud of their school.”

They praised the “rich and broad curriculum” that youngsters have access to as well as the accessibility of the school and its staff to parents.

In particular the school’s ‘share’ sessions were noted as helping to make parents feel more included at the school.

Broke Hall was also described the school as “uncompromising” in its drive to raise standards across the school by inspectors.

Broke Hall Primary School has received a good Ofsted rating. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Broke Hall Primary School has received a good Ofsted rating. Picture: GREGG BROWN


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The report does recommend a few areas in which the school could improve including developing strategies to “support the small number of disadvantaged pupils” and “bring greater consistency in the teaching of reading and mathematics”

In the case of the former recommendation the report did note that staff did have a good understand of the needs of these pupils.

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Jenny Barr, headteacher at Broke Hall Primary School said: “We are delighted with the report and consider it a true reflection of our school.

“The report highlights the team effort of all the staff, children, parents and governors.

Broke Hall Primary School has received a good Ofsted rating. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Broke Hall Primary School has received a good Ofsted rating. Picture: GREGG BROWN

“I am really proud to lead such a ‘good’ school.”

The school’s chair of governors, Ian Scott said: “The governors are delighted that the sustained efforts of all the staff have been recognised in this excellent report.

“We would echo the headteacher’s recognition of this result being a team effort.”

The school is currently looking into forming a multi academy trust and have sent in their initial application to the Regional School Commissioners or RSC.

It will be up to this group to decide whether the school meet the criteria required to become an academy.

The school should find out in the near future if they have been successful in this first stage.

Broke Hall will then proceed with a consultation to gather views on the proposed change.

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