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Improvements made by Haverhill school earn praise from Ofsted




A Haverhill headteacher has praised the commitment and dedication of staff, students and parents after Ofsted inspectors rated her primary school as ‘Good’ – 30 months after it was deemed to be ‘requiring improvement’.

Burton End Primary Academy is celebrating after the inspection in January which gave sweeping praise to the school, describing it as ‘calm and purposeful’.

Pupils were said to be ‘proud of going to Burton End’ and ‘happy in their learning and play’.

Burton End Primary Academy headteacher Karen Sheargold and pupils celebrate their Ofsted outcome. Picture by Gooderham PR
Burton End Primary Academy headteacher Karen Sheargold and pupils celebrate their Ofsted outcome. Picture by Gooderham PR

Karen Sheargold, the headteacher, said she was pleased that the hard work of everyone had been highlighted by the report.

Mrs Sheargold said: “I am delighted that we have received a ‘Good’ rating by Ofsted.

“This is testimony to everyone’s commitment and dedication.

“We have great support from our parents and school community and the staff and students have worked so hard to get here. They all deserve this success.”

Mrs Sheargold, who joined the school in January 2018, said she was particularly pleased to see literacy highlighted so strongly by Ofsted inspectors, with the school opening a new library last year.

The Ofsted report said: “Pupils are happy in their learning and play.

“They know their teachers want them to do well academically and to be confident

“They describe themselves as ‘bookworms’ and say that ‘reading is awesome’.

“Pupils say how much they enjoy the Burton End Reading Challenge.”

Teachers were said to have high expectations of pupils’ behaviour and this resulted in good behaviour with ‘play leaders’ looking after younger pupils during breaktimes.

The school’s range of activities and opportunities for pupils was
also highlighted along with mathematics, which was described as a strength.

After the school was rated as ‘Requires Improvement’ in September 2017, Ofsted inspectors said Burton End had ‘improved greatly’.

Mrs Sheargold added: “We have certainly been on a journey, but we will continue working hard to ensure we offer the best possible education to our young people.”

The school received further praise from Dr Sam Gallacher, who was appointed its executive head teacher three years ago, at a time when he said it was ‘in dire straights’.

He added: “The transformation is miraculous. It’s fantastic.

“It’s a school that’s gone from having real real difficulties and real Ofsted concerns to being one of the best schools in the area.

“Considering where it was and its geography and its catchment it’s just great. It really does deserve praise. I think it is just tremendous.

“In my experience this is as good as any school in Suffolk.”


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