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Kettlefields Primary School, just outside Newmarket, 'requires improvement after a period of turbulence' says Ofsted

Kettlefields Primary School Ofsted report (10192475)
Kettlefields Primary School Ofsted report (10192475)

A primary school which was rated as outstanding now requires improvement after a ‘period of turbulence’, says an Ofsted inspector.

Kettlefields School, which serves Dullingham and Stetchworth, was last inspected in November 2011 when it received the highest rating Ofsted could award. Since then ‘a succession of leaders have been unable to maintain the quality of teaching’, said inspector John Mitcheson.

“Staffing changes and difficulties in appointing new staff have limited the school’s category to improve. During this period of turbulence, a significant proportion of parents lost confidence in the school,” he added.

After concerns were raised by the local education authority in 2018, the school’s leadership was reviewed and experienced headteacher Diane Kingdon was appointed on a part-time, interim basis.

The inspector said: “She has quickly gained a thorough understanding of the school’s main strengths and weaknesses and put plans in place to raise achievement.”

A Cambridgeshire County Council spokesman said that swift action to appoint Mrs Kingdon and a new chairman of governors had led to prompt improvements and closer monitoring of the school, which was praised in the report for its special needs provision, broad curriculum and wide range of clubs and activities.

Mrs Kingdon said: “We are pleased the report has acknowledged the changes we have made which have led to improvements in a number of areas.

“We will continue to do whatever is necessary to address the issues raised by the inspection to ensure our school provides the outstanding teaching our pupils deserve”.