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Beck Row Primary Academy, near Mildenhall and Newmarket, ‘extremely pleased’ with Ofsted recognition of improvement journey

A ‘polite and friendly’ primary school is celebrating its first ‘good’ Ofsted rating in more than 15 years.

Beck Row Primary Academy, in Beck Row, near Mildenhall and Newmarket, was rated good in every area by the watchdog following an inspection in December.

The school, which is part of the Academy Transformation Trust (ATT), was rated ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted in 2020.

Executive principal Naomi Brown with assistant principals Richard Ratcliffe and Ryan Thomas. Picture: Mark Westley
Executive principal Naomi Brown with assistant principals Richard Ratcliffe and Ryan Thomas. Picture: Mark Westley

On the latest inspection outcome, ATT’s deputy CEO (education) Derek Trimmer congratulated all the team for ‘achieving such a significant milestone in their transforming lives journey’.

Executive principal Naomi Brown said: “We are all extremely pleased with the recent Ofsted inspection result at Beck Row Primary Academy. The inspection recognised the journey the school has been on and is great recognition of the hard work from all of the staff.

“We have tracked back and the last good rating we have found for Beck Row was in 2007, which is an amazing achievement and really positive for the school and the community.”

The inspection report said: “Beck Row Primary Academy is a polite and friendly place in which to learn.

“Pupils receive plenty of praise for what the trust deems small but important acts of respect that everyone learns together, such as ‘lovely lining up’ and ‘wonderful walking’.

“As a result, classrooms and corridors are calm. Staff know pupils well. Pupils feel safe and are safe.”

Pupils gain confidence in reading, writing and maths because their teachers have high expectations of them, and students know that education is important.

Staff are experts in teaching early reading and are trained well to help pupils with different special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), the report continued.

The school has created the Beck Row Way’, which helps pupils to develop good behaviour and a positive attitude and means they learn without interruptions.

Beyond the classroom, there is plenty for pupils to do and take responsibility for, the report said.

For the school to work on, Ofsted picked out that some staff were still getting to grips with teaching the new curriculum. “Leaders and staff have worked together to adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of the school community,” the report said.