Turnaround for school requiring improvement

HADLEIGH: 'St Mary's Primary School, Stonehouse Road, Hadleigh 'Judged good by Ofsted. 'Picture Mark Westley ANL-151117-233413009
HADLEIGH: 'St Mary's Primary School, Stonehouse Road, Hadleigh 'Judged good by Ofsted. 'Picture Mark Westley ANL-151117-233413009

A Hadleigh primary school, previously rated as requiring improvement, has now been assessed as good following an Ofsted inspection.

St Mary’s Primary School, in Stonehouse Road, was inspected at the end of September and the results show it is good in all areas – for overall effectiveness, leadership, teaching, behaviour, outcomes for pupils and early years provision.

Commenting on the result, headteacher Andrew Frolish said: “It reflects the tireless commitment and dedication of so many people in the school community, including staff members, governors, parents and volunteers.

“Most of all it is a great credit to the children, who have worked incredibly hard and achieved really well. The children were so welcoming, and the inspectors commented on how polite, well-behaved and helpful the children are at St Mary’s.

“I am very pleased that our efforts to improve and our accomplishments have been recognised and valued by people from outside our school community.”

He added: “We constantly promote the school’s values and work really hard to help children develop into good members of the community.”

The 170-strong school is applying to the Secretary of State to become an academy as part of the Diocesan of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Multi Academy Trust.

John Turnbull, chairman of governors said: “This is an important decision for the school, but the governing body feel that it is a natural development and progression for the school and would help to further the quality of teaching and learning in the school.”

The school governors, parochial church council and the diocese have all approved the move to become an academy school.