Ofsted boost for school

A DRAMATIC turn around has been achieved by one Ipswich school praised by inspectors for making significant improvements since their last visit.A new Ofsted report said Britannia Primary School and Nursery now offers an outstanding curriculum, regularly consults parents and achieves higher standards of quality education.

A DRAMATIC turn around has been achieved by one Ipswich school praised by inspectors for making significant improvements since their last visit.

A new Ofsted report said Britannia Primary School and Nursery now offers an outstanding curriculum, regularly consults parents and achieves higher standards of quality education.

Just five years ago, 11 year-olds at the Britannia Road school were achieving below average grades in English, mathematics and science but now Ofsted says children are achieving much more.

They report stated: “Standards at the end of Year Six are exceptionally high in mathematics and science and above average in English.”

Karen Heath, headteacher at the school for four to 11 year-olds, was singled out for her outstanding leadership skills.

The report also said how aspects of the school's work are used as a model for other schools to learn from.”

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Mrs Heath said: “We are all very pleased with the report.

“It's a great credit to the pupils, the staff, the teachers and the governors and shows how hard everyone has worked to improve the school so far since the last inspection.

“We are committed to improving things further, especially the ICT facilities but our budget does not always provide enough money for the resources a very large primary school needs.”

Ofsted said the curriculum is now vibrant and stimulating, making pupils enthusiastic and keen to learn.

Teaching and learning was described as good overall but attention was called to the quality of teaching in some of the infant classes which was only regarded as satisfactory.

Improvements also need to be made to the facilities and resources for ICT.

But, Ofsted said all indications suggest the school has a good capacity to improve even further.

Weblink: www.ofsted.gov.uk

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