Change of fortune for village primary school

Tina Horsford with pupils at the school in 2013. ENGANL00520130925131741
Tina Horsford with pupils at the school in 2013. ENGANL00520130925131741

A school criticised for poor attendance and lack of progress has had a turnaround in its fortunes.

Great Waldingfield Primary School has been judged as “good” in all areas, following an Ofsted inspection in May.

The school was deemed to “require improvement” by inspectors in July 2014, and was told to raise its standards.

Headteacher Tina Hosford said: “We have taken the school from requires improvement to good in less than two years; the success is down to hard work by a dedicated team and of course, amazing children.

“During that two years there has been almost a complete change in teaching staff, a new chair of governors and rigorous self-evaluation.

“Amongst many other changes, the school has grown considerably and, from September, will be single form entry thus eliminating mixed age classes.”

She added: “Joining the Suffolk Borders Teaching Alliance has enabled us to share good practice as well as moderation with other schools and take part in exciting projects such as the Primary Writing Project to bring about rapid school improvement and a rise in standards.

“Great Waldingfield is not content with good – the journey to outstanding has already begun,” she added. “There are exciting times ahead at this school.”