Headteacher’s joy at ‘outstanding’ Ofsted for Henley Primary School

Pupils at Henley Primary School celebrate their outstanding Ofsted rating.

Pupils at Henley Primary School celebrate their outstanding Ofsted rating. - Credit: Su Anderson

A Suffolk village primary school has been rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Headteacher Ann Waters and her pupils at Henley Primary School celebrate their outstanding Ofsted ra

Headteacher Ann Waters and her pupils at Henley Primary School celebrate their outstanding Ofsted rating. - Credit: Su Anderson

Henley Primary School, on the outskirts of Ipswich, was deemed outstanding in every area, including leadership and management and achievement of pupils.

Inspectors found that pupils at the school “achieve exceptionally well” and make outstanding progress, with attainment above average by the end of Year 6 in reading, writing and mathematics. The report also praised the behaviour of children. It said: “Pupils are, at all times, respectful, have impeccable manners and enjoy excellent relationships with staff”.

Headteacher Ann Waters was described as an “inspirational leader” and described as “relentless in her drive to bring about lasting improvements to the school”.

Ms Waters was quick to praise her staff and the children. She said: “I was delighted to hear the result because in our previous inspection we missed being rated outstanding by a whisker and really wanted to achieve it this year.

“The staff all worked so hard, we were overjoyed.

“I am also incredibly proud of the children and the way they related to the inspectors. They really were the Henley School ambassadors.”

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A previous inspection in 2009 rated the school, which has 111 pupils, as good, with outstanding features.

The latest report carried out on November 13 and 14 also praised the school’s focus on pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Another special mention was the effectiveness of the school’s early years teaching.