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Bury St Edmunds' Abbots Green Academy is judged 'good' overall with some 'outstanding' features during its Ofsted inspection



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A headteacher has spoken of her pride in her staff, students and school community after her primary was rated 'good' with outstanding features by inspectors.

The full Ofsted inspection at Abbots Green Academy on Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds, on June 7 and 8 was the school's first since joining Unity Schools Partnership in April 2018.

The school in Airfield Road was judged to be 'outstanding' in the areas of early years provision and personal development and 'good' in quality of education, behaviour and attitudes and leadership and management. Overall effectiveness was rated 'good'.

Abbots Green Academy celebrate their recent ‘Good’ Ofsted rating. Picture: Gooderham PR
Abbots Green Academy celebrate their recent ‘Good’ Ofsted rating. Picture: Gooderham PR

When its predecessor school, Abbots Green Community Primary School, was last inspected by Ofsted in December 2012 it was also judged to be 'good' overall.

The latest Ofsted report said for certain aspects of the school 'wow' - the last school value - was a 'fitting word to use'.

"There is no doubt that pupils feel happy and safe at this school," it said.

Abbots Green Academy is in Airfield Road, Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mecha Morton
Abbots Green Academy is in Airfield Road, Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mecha Morton

Headteacher Ang Morrison said she was “thrilled” and incredibly proud of the staff, students and school community.

She said: “To have obtained the recognition that our school is 'outstanding' in many ways is an incredible achievement and reflection of our vision and values that we remain committed to every day, for every pupil.

“It is important to note that the incredible team effort that led to our ‘wow’ value being quoted for certain aspects of the school is one that continues to shine from every member of staff and pupil of our school.

“It is a genuine privilege to work alongside staff that are relentless in adopting our vision for every individual in partnership with our incredibly supportive families.”

Abbots Green Academy was judged to be 'good' overall by Ofsted. Picture: Mecha Morton
Abbots Green Academy was judged to be 'good' overall by Ofsted. Picture: Mecha Morton

The Ofsted report said pupils’ behaviour was confident and kind, there was a well-considered curriculum and children in the early years get off to an 'impressive start'.

It added: “The ‘rainbow values’ encapsulate all that is great about the pupils at Abbots Green Primary Academy. Pupils are responsible in how they approach learning, reading regularly to win the sought-after ‘reading cup’.

"They are aspirational in how they take on roles, training hard to do these well."

The report also said students relish opportunities to try new things, be it through school trips or the varied before and after-school club offer.

In terms of improving, the report said leaders must review their systems to ensure teachers support pupils to make links between current and previous learning to help them remember more over time.

Earlier this month police confirmed two people were arrested and bailed following a public order incident outside the school on June 30.