Good rating for village academy

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The progress made by some pupils at a village primary has been described as outstanding by a government inspector.

Kennett Primary School has been rated good following its recent Ofsted inspection after which inspector Andrew Read was full of praise for the behaviour and academic achievement of the 81 pupils on the roll.

“No matter what their starting points, most pupils make good progress. They reach standards in reading, writing and mathematics that are at, or above, national averages by the time they leave Year 6,” he said.

“Standards rose in 2014 with attainment in reading and mathematics being particularly strong overall. Standards in writing, although slightly above national averages, were not quite as strong. Rates of progress accelerate as pupils move up the school, with some pupils making outstanding progress by the end of Year 6,” he said.

The school, which converted to an academy two years ago, is a member of the Staploe Education Trust and shares some staff with Soham Village College and the Shade Primary School.

Head teacher Lisa Gregory said: “The Ofsted report shows the effort that everyone has put into making this happen for our pupils. We are really proud of the children as they spoke with confidence and welcomed being observed in their learning. This is a positive step forward for our school – the only way is up”

Chairman of Governors Christine Littlewood, who praised staff and pupils, said: “This good result is down to the hard work and dedication of the head and all