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Suffolk school’s ‘tenacious’ work has resulted in ‘kind, caring and happy’ pupils

PUBLISHED: 20:52 11 February 2018 | UPDATED: 20:52 11 February 2018

School ambassadors and Headteacher Helen Picton celebrate their 'Good' Ofsted result.   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

School ambassadors and Headteacher Helen Picton celebrate their 'Good' Ofsted result. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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A Suffolk primary school has been praised in a report as a “vibrant and caring place” where pupils are treated as “unique” individuals.

Staff at Sir Robert Hitcham’s Primary School in Framlingham said they were “thrilled” to receive their latest “good” Ofsted inspection report.

The report, published after a short inspection in January, praised the school’s leadership, staff and governors for their “tenacious” work to promote values such as “equality, tolerance, humility and humanity.”.

“As a result, pupils are kind, caring and happy,” the report added.

Inspector Kim Pigram said a “real strength” of the school is the “rich, varied and well thought out wider curriculum”, including high quality trips and visits.

“This means that children from the early years through to pupils in year six experience an ever-improving and high-quality wider curriculum,” she added.

The report, also noted work by the leadership and governing body to address a “number of challenges” since the previous “good” inspection in 2013.

However it added further work was needed to raise standards of maths, especially for the most able pupils, and also to ensure pupils with special education needs receive correct external support.

Headteacher Helen Picton said she was “hugely encouraged” Ofsted’s inspector had recognised the school had “begun to steadily address the issues”.

In a letter to parents, she said it was a “great pleasure” to share the results of the inspection.

“We are hugely grateful to all families, children, staff and governors who contributed to the inspection through direct dialogue, personal letters or returning questionnaires,” Mrs Picton said.

“Although only one day, the inspection was carried out in a very fair and thorough way.

“It serves as a formal recognition of just what an incredible school Framlingham Sir Robert Hitcham’s Primary School is.

“A very good Christian school in our community serving all our children and families in the best way possible.

“A school where we ‘tenaciously promote values such as equality, tolerance, humility and humanity in the day-to-day school life’.

“A school very well placed to continue to provide the highest of standards for all children in its care.”

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