School gets a better report after inspection

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A Hadleigh primary school which requires improvement has “increased rapidly” the pace of change after a monitoring visit by a schools inspector.

Interim headteacher of Hadleigh Community Primary School, Gary Pilkington – who took over following the resignation of former head Neil Jackson in February – has been called a charismatic leader in the latest Ofsted report.

Ofsted inspector Wendy Varney visited the Station Road school in May. In her report for Mr Pilkington, she said: “Following my first monitoring visit, the initial momentum was not maintained.

“Until very recently the school had made only minor progress towards tackling the areas for improvement.

“Since the start of this term, the pace of change has increased rapidly. You are an experienced and charismatic leader who has quickly gained the respect and trust of the school community.

“When you took me on a tour of the site, I found a happy and purposeful school with no hint of lowered morale following the upheaval of the previous term.”

Ms Varney said that she had written a “thorough and robust” action plan for the term with a list of targets.

In June, 2014, the school was judged as requiring improvement on its overall effectiveness, on pupils’ achievement, on its quality of teaching and its leadership and management. It was judged good for the behaviour and safety of pupils.

Previously it had received a good rating from Ofsted.

Parents had reacted with overwhelming support for Mr Pilkington, a former headteacher, to came back as interim headteacher after Mr Jackson’s departure.

Mr Pilkington’s appointment was temporary, but a spokesperson for Suffolk County Council said he would continue in the role of interim head teacher in September.