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Lakenheath Community Primary School achieves good Ofsted rating after previous grading of requires improvement

A ‘friendly’ village school is celebrating its good Ofsted grading – after previously being rated requires improvement.

Following an inspection in February, Lakenheath Community Primary School was rated good for overall effectiveness and in every area: quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management, and early years provision.

The school was previously graded requires improvement overall by Ofsted in 2020, although behaviour and attitudes and personal development were deemed good.

Lakenheath Community Primary School is celebrating its good Ofsted grading. Pictured is headteacher Michael Tingey with staff and pupils. Picture: Mark Westley
Lakenheath Community Primary School is celebrating its good Ofsted grading. Pictured is headteacher Michael Tingey with staff and pupils. Picture: Mark Westley

Following the latest inspection, Ofsted praised the school for its ‘ambitious and engaging’ curriculum, support for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), and the positive relationships students have with staff and with each other.

Headteacher Michael Tingey said: "As a team, we consider this an excellent achievement and we are exceptionally proud of our incredible staff, wonderful pupils and our supportive community for their efforts over the past few years.

“We have been on a significant journey and we are delighted with our recent achievements which also include being named 'Active Suffolk Primary School of the Year' and our superb KS2 (Key Stage 2) SATs results last year which put us in the top five per cent in the country for progress in reading.

“Whilst the recent one-word Ofsted judgement ‘good’ goes some way to validating what we already know about our school, it is not what drives or motivates us; that comes from the desire we all have to see the children in our care thrive and flourish."

Mr Tingey also highlighted that in the Ofsted Parent View survey 100 per cent of parents said their children were happy and safe and 100 per cent of parents would recommend the school to others.

The Ofsted report said: “Pupils enjoy coming to this friendly village school. They are proud to achieve the ‘gold pin’ of ‘learn, create, progress, succeed’. Most pupils achieve well during their time at the school.”

Pupils know who to turn to if they have any worries, which helps them to feel confident and secure.

The report also said from the time they start in the early years, children learn to show, and understand the importance of, the school’s values, known as the 6Rs, which include resilience, resourcefulness and reflection.

It added: “A focus on politeness and helpfulness supports pupils to grow to be well-rounded individuals.”

Pupils understand empathy through their varied local, national and international charity work and they are proud to represent the school through the many sporting opportunities on offer.

The report also added: “The various ‘role model positions’ available help older pupils aspire to lead areas of responsibility.”

Staff are proud to work at the school and share the school’s ambition to give pupils the best education.

In terms of improving further, Ofsted said Lakenheath Primary should continue to focus on improving the attendance of the small number of pupils who do not attend school as often as they should.

The education watchdog also said in some subjects there were occasions where the work teachers set does not enable pupils to build on their prior knowledge as well as they might.