What an absolutely enormous difference four years has made at Worlingworth CEVC Primary School.
In 2012, education regulatory body Ofsted told the Shop Street-based school it required special measures after deeming it to be ‘Inadequate’, and in a follow-up inspection one year later, it was still described as ‘Requires Improvement’.
But this week, the school’s pupils and staff celebrated the most remarkable turnaround after their latest Ofsted report rated it ‘Outstanding’ in every single inspection category.
Victoria Gascoyne-Cecil, Worlingworth Primary headteacher, said: “We are delighted with the result.
“This grading reflects the hard work and commitment of the whole school community, including staff, governors, pupils and parents.
“We have always aimed to provide the best education for our children, so that they enjoy learning, and are equipped with the skills for life in the 21st Century.”
The school earned the ‘Outstanding’ rating, Ofsted’s highest designation, in leadership and management, behaviour and safety, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils, and early years provision.
Ofsted inspector Gulshan Kayembe stated: “The school has improved in leaps and bounds since its last inspection. All aspects of its work are now outstanding.
“Pupils thrive in a safe environment that nurtures both their personal development and academic achievement.”
The report also praised teachers for the range of experiences provided for the children, like special visitors and extra-curricular clubs, and it said pupils make “substantial progress” from various starting points.
Stuart Ford, the school’s vice chair of governors, added: “The school has been on a journey of rapid improvement, since its successful partnership with Stradbroke High School in 2011.
“The report identified the team ethos amongst the staff, governors, parents and pupils and how this has had a positive impact on the school.
“Despite the Outstanding outcome, the staff are determined to keep improving and provide exciting opportunities for the pupils to learn and develop.”