Town’s primary school works up to good Ofsted

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A Hadleigh primary school has turned around a ‘requires improvement’ rating from Ofsted to ‘good’.

Headteacher at Hadleigh Community Primary School, Gary Pilkington, said everyone had worked hard to get the inspection result.

He said: “I am just delighted for our staff, governors, parents and pupils that their hard work has been recognised.

“They have all worked very hard to get this outcome.

“The inspection by HMI last May showed that the school was improving, and I’m glad to say that our latest inspection has shown that the good work has continued.”

Mr Pilkington became headteacher officially in January. He returned to the school as interim head last year after a period at Claydon Primary School. He was previously head teacher at Hadleigh Community Primary between 2004 and 2010. One parent said the turnaround had been due to Mr Pilkington’s efforts.

He said: “I’m pleased the school has moved from requires improvement to good since Mr Pilkington came back. He’s done a great job.”

The school has a large banner outside declaring its good rating.

In a letter from the head to parents, Mr Pilkington said: “We have improved rapidly since the last inspection in 2014 and Ofsted’s last monitoring visit in May 2015. The inspectors recognised the dedication of all staff and governors in bringing about this improvement.”

He said that among positive comments the inspectors had made, they recognised pupils were make good progress and “achieve well because of good teaching”.

Inspectors said the governing body is effective, and teachers provide consistently good-quality teaching and learning activities, with teaching assistants and apprentices well trained, skilled and enthusiastic”

Mr Pilkington said the Ofsted report states the reasons why the school was not yet considered outstanding.

He said: “These will now form the basis of our school development plans.

“We are very pleased with the report and are all committed to continuing the school’s journey to outstanding. There is a strong sense of community that is at the heart of Hadleigh Primary, where everyone is proud of the school and committed to ensuring its future success.”