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A clear vision and broad curriculum has helped a Suffolk secondary school achieve a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating.

Sybil Andrews Academy in Bury St Edmunds has been praised for making considerable improvements as well as acknowledging “the actions it needs to take to become even better.”

The Ofsted inspection comes four years after the education watchdog rated the school as ‘Requires Improvement’.

In a statement, executive headteacher Kevin Blakey and head of school Joe Pointon said: “As a school, we are delighted with the outcome of the inspection where the overall effectiveness of Sybil Andrews was seen to be Good.

“In all four areas, the school was judged to be Good. But in particular, I am delighted that the quality of education was deemed to be good.

“The report states that ‘the school has improved significantly since the last inspection’. Our aim is to continue that trajectory as we move forward over the coming months and years.”

Following last month’s inspection, the report praised the school for its work in and out of the classroom.

Inspectors said: “Pupils enjoy studying a broad curriculum. They know it prepares them well for future study, training or work. Pupils learn well in carefully planned lessons taught by knowledgeable teachers. Pupils achieve well in a wide range of subjects.

“Pupils’ behaviour has improved. They respect staff and each other. Pupils know what is expected of them and follow clear routines.

“The school has a comprehensive programme to support pupils’ personal development. They learn about topics such as looking after their mental health, managing anxiety, positive relationships and keeping safe online.”

In addition, the report said leaders from both the school and Unity Schools Partnership, of which Sybil Andrews is a member, had a clear vision for ensuring that the school continues to improve.

The report added: “Pupils have opportunities to broaden their horizons to give them a better chance in life.

“Pupils are encouraged to take part in clubs and activities in school, such as the gardening and sustainability club, sports clubs and chess.

“The school helps pupils develop their own character and be well informed about issues that will affect their lives.

“There are opportunities for pupils to take on leadership responsibilities, such as becoming a ‘Careers Ambassador’ and pupils receive guidance about their future careers in every year group.”

Click here to view the Sybil Andrews Academy Ofsted report.