An “outstanding” headteacher has led a primary school from an “inadequate” rating to “good.”
Burnham Market Primary School, in Friars Lane, was deemed to have reached a good standard in all core areas assessed by Ofsted inspectors during a visit last month.
A report said: “The headteacher (Rachel Stroulger)is an outstanding leader. Under her decisive and highly effective leadership, the school has made considerable progress since the previous inspection.”
The 123-pupil school had been rated “inadequate” in November 2013.
The latest report, just published, said: “Working closely with governors, the headteacher and other leaders have made the changes necessary to ensure the quality of teaching and pupils’ progress have improved rapidly.”
“Teachers plan interesting and imaginative lessons that offer pupils excellent opportunities to learn,” it added.
The school is not yet of an “outstanding” grade because not all teachers check that pupils act on the advice given through marking, the report said.
Improvements such as how adults use questions to promote learning are not yet used consistently, a few pupils are slow to put the effort needed into their work to achieve the best they can and the outdoor area is not used sufficiently to promote children’s learning in the early years.
Mrs Stroulger said everyone connected with the school was delighted with the report which, she said, put them “on the road to outstanding”.
“We are all immensely proud. It is an excellent representation of the hard work the staff, parents, pupils and governors have put into the school. We knew we were a good school.” said Mrs Stroulger.