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Glowing Ofsted report for Ipswich’s Whitton Community Primary School

Children and staff at Whitton Community Primary School celebrate their  good Ofsted rating.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Children and staff at Whitton Community Primary School celebrate their good Ofsted rating. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Pupils and staff at an Ipswich primary school are celebrating today after receiving a glowing Ofsted report.

Whitton Community Primary School has received a good Ofsted rating.    Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNWhitton Community Primary School has received a good Ofsted rating. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Inspectors from the education watchdog visited Whitton Community Primary School in Shakespeare Road last month and judged it to be ‘good’.

Dedication of staff to providing a stimulating and caring environment, interactive learning provision and swift improvements in reading were among achievements recognised by Ofsted assessors.

Bosses at the school, which was converted into an academy in 2015, said they are “thrilled” at the result of this latest inspection.

Headteacher James Chester said: “It is all thanks to staff and the hard work of pupils that we have managed to secure another good rating from Ofsted.

Deputy headteacher Lynette Allison is delighted with the rating.   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNDeputy headteacher Lynette Allison is delighted with the rating. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“Over the last few years we have really tried to push a more interactive, immersive way of learning and I think many of the points highlighted in the report reflect that, which I am pleased about. Children at our school have had the chance to go into the community.

“We are committed to making lessons and the whole educational experience as interactive as possible so pupils stay engaged.”

In her report, Her Majesty’s Inspector Fiona Webb said almost all parents who responded to Ofsted’s online questionnaire about the school agreed their children are happy and safe.

“Staff are highly motivated and proud to work at the school,” she wrote. “Pupils appreciate the challenges they are given and enjoy the rewards they gain for positive attitudes and successful learning. They told me, ‘The adults are really nice, they help us to get better’.”

She added: “Children make a good start at Whitton Community Primary School.

“You and your staff provide a stimulating and caring environment so that individual needs are met well and children quickly grow in confidence.”

Elsewhere in the Ipswich area, inspectors also ranked Claydon Primary School in Lancaster Way as ‘good’.

Her Majesty’s Inspector John Mitcheson described the school as “a safe, stimulating and enjoyable place to be”, and added that pupils say it is very friendly, and enjoy their learning.

Representatives at the school were approached by this newspaper but did not want to comment on the report.

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