Tollgate Primary School celebrate ‘Good’ Ofsted rating
A Bury St Edmunds primary school is celebrating after maintaining its ‘Good’ Ofsted rating.
An ambitious and wide-ranging curriculum, confident pupils and support for staff all came in for praise following the inspection at Tollgate Primary School last month.
Hannah Brookman, school headteacher, said she was delighted with how the report recognised day-to-day life at Tollgate.
She explained: “We were particularly proud of how the report reflected our work around personal development and how we support children and families.
“Ofsted saw our vision embedded throughout the school and also the opportunities we provide both in the classroom and across the wider curriculum.
“We would like to thank all our staff for their continued hard work and also pupils, their families and the wider school community for their support.”
In the report, inspectors noted how happy and safe pupils felt at the Tollgate Lane school, explaining: “Pupils learn well because adults have high expectations of them. Pupils are happy, well cared for and learn well.
“From the early years, they start to build firm foundations to set them up for their time in school.”
The school’s curriculum also came in for praise with inspectors saying it “equips pupils with the important knowledge and skills they need to be able to learn well”.
Other areas of praise included pupils who were confident with both reading and communicating and the school’s SEND provision.
The report noted: “Adults skilfully support pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The needs of these pupils are accurately identified by adults.
“Teachers make careful adaptions to activities which help pupils with SEND succeed in their
learning. The school know the pupils and families extremely well.”
Music and extra-curricular activities were also highlighted in the report, which said: “Whether singing in the choir or practising their brass instruments, pupils fill the corridors with music.
“Those who perform their musical talents at the cathedral in Bury St Edmunds are proud to do so. Pupils grow their own vegetables and fruit for eating in school dinners.
“Opportunities such as these help pupils make a real difference to their school and local community.”