Southwold Primary School has been awarded a ‘good’ classification by Ofsted following an inspection in January. The rating is the first we have received since joining The White Horse Federation multi-academy trust in April 2016.
Before joining The White Horse Federation, our school had never received an Ofsted rating higher than ‘satisfactory’, which demonstrates the scale and success of the changes we have made in recent years.
Helen Wollington, Principal, said: “We are delighted to have been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted. It is a testament to the excellent work being carried out by everyone involved with the school. We are committed to continued improvement, and while this recognition from Ofsted is reward for our efforts so far, we will continue to progress as a school.”
In the report, Ofsted praised our staff, saying: “Leaders and staff have successfully secured improvements in teaching and learning. The new headteacher, ably supported by the senior leadership team, has successfully ensured that the school’s values are understood by all.”
Compliments were also paid to our pupils and their safety. The report stated: “Pupils behave well. They are responsible and care for each other, taking an active role in developing the school. The personal development of pupils is also strong. Pupils who spoke with inspectors confirmed that they feel safe from bullying. When it does arise, they know that staff will deal with it effectively.”
Southwold Primary School joined The White Horse Federation three years ago, and the impact the multi-academy trust has had was recognised by Ofsted. The report reads: “The White Horse Federation has provided effective support to leaders which has assisted them well in improving the school. Trust members have an accurate overview of the school’s performance. They make good use of this to hold leaders stringently to account.”
The Ofsted report comes two weeks after we played host to a group of educators from Kazakhstan who visited our school as part of their training in values-based education.