Saffron Walden school joins the elite with ‘outstanding’ Ofsted grading

Headteacher Rachel Callaghan and deputy head Anthony Hull, and the School Council, celebrate the sch

Headteacher Rachel Callaghan and deputy head Anthony Hull, and the School Council, celebrate the school's outstanding Ofsted report. - Credit: Archant

Celebrations are afoot at a Saffron Walden school which has been recognised as outstanding by government inspectors.

Katherine Semar Junior School joined an elite band of schools to sweep the board with its excellent achievement and progress, following a visit by Ofsted inspectors in September.

The school, on Ross Close, received top marks in all judgements – achievement of pupils; quality of teaching; behaviour and safety of pupils; and leadership and management – as well its overall effectiveness. Only 12 per cent of all inspections have also resulted in an overall effectiveness.

Delighted headteacher Rachel Callaghan said: “The inspection framework introduced from September raised expectations. These new arrangements have seen many schools downgraded and the accolade of being an outstanding school is extremely difficult to achieve.

“The fact we received outstanding in all key judgements is an amazing achievement and is a result of a great deal of hard work and commitment from all the staff, governors, parents and pupils.”


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