Sudbury school celebrates turnaround in fortunes after strong Ofsted report
A Sudbury school is celebrating a spectacular turnaround in fortunes, following a top Ofsted grade, five years after the last inspection placed it into special measures.
Tudor Church of England Primary School, in Tudor Road, received an overall Good rating in its latest Ofsted report published this week, with inspectors also grading the Early Years department as Outstanding.
The report described as the behaviour of pupils as ‘exemplary’, while also highlighting the strong progress the school had made in raising the attainment of children across the board, with particular mention made of the achievements of Early Years and Year 1.
It marks a radical improvement from the school’s inspection back in 2013, when it was ranked as Inadequate and was told special measures would be required.
Liz Campbell, Tudor Primary School headteacher, who took on the role in September, 2016, told the Free Press it was a credit to the hard work of all staff and pupils in achieving this turnaround.
She also hailed the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust, which the school joined in 2015, for its help.
“We are incredibly grateful for the support they have given us. It’s been such a team effort,” she said.
“Absolutely everybody has worked so hard, and we are completely thrilled.
“We have raised our expectations of what we could achieve and we expressed that to the children.
“We worked very hard on a broad and balanced curriculum, and it has allowed the children to excel and raise their self-esteem.”
Mrs Campbell said the recognition of the Early Years department was well deserved, praising the deputy headteacher, Emma Ince, for setting high standards there.
She added the result had set a good platform for the school to pursue an overall Outstanding grade at the next inspection.