Headteacher praised as primary school receives ‘Good’ Ofsted report

Edgar Sewter primary School Early Years head Dawn McGrotty and Ella.

Edgar Sewter primary School Early Years head Dawn McGrotty and Ella. - Credit: Archant

A headteacher has been credited with improving a Halesworth primary school which has been graded good following the latest report by Ofsted.

Edgar Sewter Primary was told it required improvement following an inspection in May 2013 and a new headteacher, Katherine Milk, took on the position in September 2013.

The latest report said: “Since the previous inspection, determined leadership and management have driven rapid and sustained improvements in the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievements.

“The headteacher has been the catalyst for the school’s improvement; governors, staff and parents acknowledge the difference she is making to the school.”

Inspectors said the school, graded good in all five categories, was now a place where there was good quality teaching and pupil achievement and behaviour was good.

The report said the headteacher, working with the governors, had provided extra teachers in the mornings to reduce class sizes which has enabled staff and pupils to concentrate on improving reading, writing and mathematics standards.

The Early Years department has also see changes with a new Early Years setting called Saplings.

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Ms Milk said: “Our journey has given us an opportunity to reflect on our practice and pull out all of the stops to make sure that we are providing a good education for all of our children.

“We have also benefitted from effective and excellent support from the county.

“All of the staff and governors have worked tirelessly to ensure that the standards have improved and that our children are given the very best to reach their full potential.”

The report said the school could now “improve the quality of teaching and accelerate progress, particularly in reading, by ensuring that staff and pupils fully understand their roles in the school’s new approach to reading” and ensure “teaching assistants are given clear advice about what they are expected to do when the teacher works with the whole class.”