Ipswich: MP Ben Gummer launches Ofsted report vision

Ben Gummer MP for Ipswich

Ben Gummer MP for Ipswich - Credit: Archant

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer is today launching his vision to have every school in the town rated as good or outstanding by inspectors by 2020.

Accompanied by Karen Mills, head teacher of Ravenswood Community Primary School, and county councillor Lisa Chambers, portfolio holder for education, Mr Gummer will outline his vision to give every child in Ipswich the chance of a good education.

Since 2010, several schools in the constituency have received an improved Ofsted report – one being Ravenswood, where the launch will take place.

In 2010 the school was placed in special measures, but in October 2013, after a turn-around led by Mrs Mills, the school was graded ‘Good’.

Currently, 24 schools in the constituency are rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ but 16, or 40%, remain ‘Inadequate’ or ‘Require Improvement’.

Mr Gummer said: “Great teachers and head teachers like Mrs Mills are helping turn our schools around.

“We have much further to go, however.

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“We should not accept low aspiration any more – every school in Ipswich should be expected to be good.

“Every school can succeed.

“That is my vision I am determined to help Ipswich schools achieve.”

Mrs Mills said: “All head teachers I am lucky enough to work with have high aspirations for their children and this can only bode well for the future of educational provision, not only in Ipswich, but the whole of Suffolk.”