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Top grades from Ofsted

Published on 18/10/17

We've received top grades from Ofsted as part of our first inspection since becoming an academy.

We've been rated Outstanding for the personal development, behaviour, and welfare of pupils and for early years provision, with an overall rating of Good.

Inspectors visited the school at the end of September and praised pupils for being "courteous, polite, and eager to take part in lessons" and teachers for having "high expectations of pupils' behaviour and achievement".

Their report says "parents are fulsome in their praise for the way in which their children are supported and cared for" with behaviour of pupils described as outstanding.

Teaching throughout the school is well regarded with early years provision particularly singled out. In March minister's wrote to the school as one of the top 3% in national tests 

Ofsted's report says that even though a significant proportion of children enter the school with skills well below the average, the academy's "highly organised team" means that children settled quickly and became confident and independent learners.

It praises the school's "incisive leadership, precise assessment, and high-quality teaching".

It quotes one parent as saying "My daughter has just started in Reception. Her confidence has excelled and she can't wait to go back the next day."

The report says that "considerable investment" in reading resources has helped with literacy, and says that the school makes good use of pupil premium and sport premium funding.

It praises the "strong" leadership of the school's special educational needs provision, recognising the progress pupils make.

Executive principal Stephen Astley said: "We are delighted that Ofsted have recognised the strengths of the academy, and to have secured such a positive report.

"The school has come a long way since becoming an academy in December 2014 and leaving special measures, thanks to the unstinting support of both our wonderful school community and the Inspiration Trust.

"The report says that our staff are proud to work at Stradbroke, and I am proud of every one of our teachers and support staff and of our pupils and parents for what they do everyday."