School is making progress

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A school which was judged to ‘require improvement’ by Ofsted despite having the best A level results in Suffolk is now making progress according to inspectors.

A monitoring report, published on Friday is the latest round in a controversial series of inspections and reports into St Benedict’s Roman Catholic upper school in Bury St Edmunds, which takes a number of pupils from the Newmarket area.

In September the school was subject to a no-notice inspection only for the subsequent report was withdrawn due to ‘quality concerns’.

Following another visit by inspectors from the government watchdog, a second report had to be amended but the overall ‘requires improvement’ rating remained. In its initial report, Ofsted had cited weaknesses in preparing students for ‘life in modern Britain’references which were later removed.

After a monitoring inspection last month, inspector Christopher Moodie said the school had made progress. praised its improvement plan and noted the support teachers received was leading to improvements in teaching. A series of information evenings for parents included one focusing on how the school had improved the teaching of citizenship.