Suffolk school gets top marks

OUTSTANDING - that was the word used by government inspectors to describe everything happening at one Suffolk school.

OUTSTANDING - that was the word used by government inspectors to describe everything happening at one Suffolk school.

Its excellent Ofsted report is just one of several reasons tiny Nacton Village Primary School has to cheer and celebrate this summer.

The school of 89 pupils is also the first in Suffolk and the East of England to be awarded the Bronze Award in the FoodforLife Partnership with the Soil Association for its commitment to developing a healthy lifestyle for pupils and staff.

The school has also recently opened a new wing with an early years classroom, outdoor play area and smart new toilets, and has a further building project taking place over the holidays designed to further improve its facilities.

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Headteacher Elizabeth Ditton said: “This has been an amazing year and it is wonderful to see the achievements and commitment of our whole school community recognised in this way.”

The school was judged by Ofsted to be “outstanding” in all five areas of overall effectiveness, achievement and standards, personal development and well-being, quality of provision, and leadership and management.

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The inspector wrote: “Outstanding leadership and management, and especially the inspirational leadership of the headteacher, have led to exceptionally good teaching and curriculum, and excellent care, guidance and support.”

As a Church of England Voluntary Controlled school, there is also an Anglican inspection.

The church inspector endorsed the findings of Ofsted, writing: “The school, through its distinctive Christian character, is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners.”

The school has already achieved national recognition.

In 2007, this included the award of the top Artsmark Gold from Arts Council England for the school's commitment to all the arts and the opportunities it provides for all pupils, and this year the FoodforLife Partnership award.

This is for the school's healthy school meals, which include organic vegetables from Home Farm, Nacton, and the school's own vegetable planter as well as promoting a healthy lifestyle.

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