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A primary school headteacher has expressed delight at the progress being made by the school after a recent inspection.

Pot Kiln Primary School in Great Cornard was deemed to be requiring improvement by Ofsted inspectors in October but, in a recent monitoring inspection, progress was noted.

A key part of this improvement has been the decision to minimise the number of mixed-age classes and to implement an improved behaviour policy, with inspector Wendy Varney stating behaviour and achievement had improved as a result.

She said: “Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement identified.”

Headteacher Toni Davis said: “We are delighted with the most recent outcome.

“The report validates the strengths of the school and the on-going efforts of the staff team.

“There is a shared commitment to driving up standards and we are well on the way to success.”

Mrs Varney added that the school needed to take further action in three key areas to ensure further improvements to secure a good or outstanding Ofsted rating:

l Improve the quality of pupils’ written work, ensuring it is always neatly presented and that handwriting is of a good quality.

l Improve teaching by exploiting all opportunities to share the best practice of the school’s good and outstanding teachers.

l Improve the action plan by making the links to the key actions from the previous inspection fully explicit, and by ensuring that all milestones are measurable.

In her report, Mrs Varney explained that some of the key actions of the school did not match the priorities for improvement set out in the Ofsted report following the October inspection.

Miss Davis said she would work to ensure the school’s improvement continued.

“Pot Kiln is a truly lovely school,” she said. “Pupils deserve the very best and it is my job to make sure this happens.”

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