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Hardwick Primary School in Bury St Edmunds is praised by Ofsted following inspection this year





A primary school that sits ‘at the heart of its local community’ remains a ‘good’ school Ofsted has said in a glowing report.

Hardwick Primary School, in Bury St Edmunds, was inspected by the education watchdog in February.

The school was graded good by Ofsted as its last full inspection, in 2013, which was before it joined the All Saints Schools Trust (ASST).

Executive Head Claire Flatman (left) and Head of School Zara Cowling (right) with pupils as they celebrate Hardwick Primary School's glowing Ofsted report: Picture: Andy Abbott
Executive Head Claire Flatman (left) and Head of School Zara Cowling (right) with pupils as they celebrate Hardwick Primary School's glowing Ofsted report: Picture: Andy Abbott

February’s inspection of a good school, which is ungraded, found Hardwick pupils behave well, typically pupils work hard in lessons to achieve teachers’ high ambitions and the school has designed a well-sequenced curriculum.

The report said: “This is a school that sits at the heart of its local community. Pupils have a strong sense of belonging to their school.

“They learn about differences and the importance of respect and tolerance. This helps pupils to develop respectful relationships with adults and each other.

Ofsted said Hardwick Primary School in Bury St Edmunds continues to be a good school. Picture: Andy Abbott
Ofsted said Hardwick Primary School in Bury St Edmunds continues to be a good school. Picture: Andy Abbott

“Pupils show compassion towards each other. They know this is a school where they learn to, ‘accept ourselves and accept each other’.”

Claire Flatman, executive headteacher and director of education ASST, said: “Our school curriculum has been praised for its sequence and design and we are immensely proud of our offer.

“I am delighted that the support we provide for our SEND children has been recognised and celebrated. We are an inclusive and vibrant school and it is wonderful that the Hardwick Primary community has been acknowledged for the sense of belonging that it creates for all leaders, staff, children and parents.”

Zara Cowling, head of school, said: “I am particularly proud that the inspectors recognised that Hardwick Primary School sits at the heart of its local community.

“We would like to thank all of our school leaders, staff, children and parent communities for their hard work and dedication to create a school that we are privileged to be a part of.”

Melanie Barrow, chief executive of ASST, said: “We are so proud of the school and it was especially pleasing that the wonderful way the children care about each other was acknowledged.”

She added that she could not praise the leadership team highly enough.

To focus on, Ofsted said the school should ensure staff have the expertise and guidance they need to effectively teach the new approaches to writing and should ensure all subject leaders have the ongoing training and guidance they need to evaluate how well pupils are securing their understanding of important content and knowledge.