School celebrates ‘good’ Ofsted report

PRAISE FOR SCHOOL: Acting headteacher Andy Samways celebrates Great Cornard Upper School's Ofsted report with staff and pupils.
PRAISE FOR SCHOOL: Acting headteacher Andy Samways celebrates Great Cornard Upper School's Ofsted report with staff and pupils.

GREAT Cornard staff and pupils are celebrating their achievements this week after receiving a good report from Ofsted, the government body for inspecting schools.

The Head Lane school was rated as good in all categories for its personal, social, health and economic curriculum, which is taught to all pupils. It followed an inspection by Ofsted in November.

The report measured the achievement of students, the quality of teaching, the quality of the curriculum and the effectiveness of leadership and management.

“This is great news for us all and a very positive reflection of the values and ethos we have at Great Cornard upper school,” said Andy Samways, acting headteacher. “Our focus on personal development for all our students was clearly recognised. Staff throughout the school contribute to this through their dedication, commitment and enthusiasm and our feedback has also highlighted next steps and given this I am confident that we will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Ofsted said the curriculum showed innovation with examples including the ‘Living Library Day’, an employment preparation award; creative sports and activities, and a study centre. The school was asked to seek students’ views about the curriculum in future.

Great Cornard’s newly-appointed headteacher Wayne Lloyd joins the school in the New Year on January 3 from Castle Manor Business and Enterprise College, Haverhill, where he was vice-principal for the last seven years.