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Bradwell’s Woodlands Primary Academy gets seal of approval from Ofsted

PUBLISHED: 09:35 12 September 2017

Youngsters from Woodlands Primary Academy school enjoy a day out at First Eastern Counties Bus depot.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Youngsters from Woodlands Primary Academy school enjoy a day out at First Eastern Counties Bus depot. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A primary school in Bradwell has been praised by inspectors for its strong leadership, pupil behaviour and the improvements it has made.

Woodlands Primary Academy, which caters for children between the ages of four and 11 years, was rated “good” in all areas following an inspection in June.

All areas have seen continuous improvement since being rated as “requires improvement” two years ago during its first inspection as a Creative Education Trust academy.

Inspectors who visited in June said there was a broad and balanced curriculum which gives pupils opportunities to write for a range of ‘audiences and purposes’ through their topic themes.

The report said: “The academy trust provides very effective support in overseeing key aspects and high quality support for school improvement.

“The behaviour of pupils has improved. There are clear expectations and consequences for poor behaviour. Pupils have responded to this and generally show positive attitudes to learning, particularly when lessons are matched to their needs.

“Leaders are working hard to raise the profile of the school and work closely with families. Many parents recognise the improvements that have already been made.”

This is an improvement on the previous inspection as parents felt the school did not engage with them well and there was insufficient communication at the time.

Ofsted added the academy trust provides very effective support in overseeing key aspects and high quality support for school improvement and pupils enjoy school and say that they feel safe.

In order to further improve, the report said the school needed to improve the use of assessment so that tasks are consistently modified and adjusted to enable all pupils to achieve the best possible outcomes.

The school needed to increase the impact of middle leaders in contributing to the school’s improvement.

Marc Jordan, trust chief executive, said: “I would like to congratulate every member of the academy community - staff, governors, pupils and parents – for helping to secure this judgement. There is always more to do, but as this report makes clear, Woodlands has a bright future.”

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