‘Real team effort’ results in ‘outstanding’ turnaround for Laxfield’s All Saint’s Primary School

All Saints' Primary School in Laxfield have received an Outstanding from Ofsted ANL-160713-152936009

All Saints' Primary School in Laxfield have received an Outstanding from Ofsted ANL-160713-152936009

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A north Suffolk school has completed an ‘outstanding’ turnaround following a recent Ofsted inspection.

All Saints’ CEVA Primary School in Laxfield was visited by the government watchdog in 2014, delivering a ‘requires improvement’ rating.

In the last two years it has been a real team effort from everyone working here to take us from a school that Ofsted considered needed improvement to one of the best schools in Suffolk

Head of school Lucy Hammond

But following their latest inspection in May, the school, based in Framlingham Road, was found to be ‘outstanding’ in all areas.

Head of school Lucy Hammond told the Diss Express: “In the last two years it has been a real team effort from everyone working here to take us from a school that Ofsted considered needed improvement to one of the best schools in Suffolk.

“We draw strength from our values and our passion for teaching and learning and that is reflected in the fantastic children we have here and the support of their parents.”

The report described teaching as “excellent”, and said pupils in all year groups are making “impressive progress” in a variety of subjects, including reading, writing, mathematics, science, humanities, art and PE.

It added pupil behaviour at the school was “impeccable”, and school records indicate bullying is “extremely rare”, and there have been no incidents of racism.

The report also praised the school’s use of sports funding to provide high-quality activities for all pupils.

Executive headteacher Melanie Barrow said:” ‘We place a strong emphasis on physical education that is tied to pupil understanding of nutrition and how food is grown. We have a School Nutrition Action Group (SNAG) which recommends how we can produce and serve healthier meals.”

Chair of the School Governors, James Hargrave added: “I am very proud of what our pupils, parents and staff have achieved. We will continue to challenge our pupils and strive to provide them with the best possible start in life.”