A primary school in Bury St Edmunds has seen "significant improvements" in their latest Ofsted report after being rated Inadequate in 2017.

Howard Community Academy received a 'Good' rating in four of the five provisions Ofsted inspected, during their visit in January.

In 2017, all areas of the school were rated as 'Inadequate' leading to the school joining Anglian Learning in 2020.

The latest report shows that behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and early years provision were all rated 'Good' with quality of education being rated as 'Requires Improvement', with leaders and Ofsted inspectors thinking that more time was needed to embed and evidence the improvements.

The report found that the school is a 'happy and caring community' and that it is 'calm and purposeful'.

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The inspectors noted that since the last visit, there had been changes of leadership leading to 'instability and unhappiness over several years' which has now 'all changed' with the school having a 'strong leadership'.

Alison Weir, headteacher at Howard Community Academy, said: "We are delighted with our latest Ofsted report.

"We have received a great deal of praise for our ethos of high aspirations for all, our strong leadership, and our commitment to strengthening pupil outcomes.

"We are very proud of the significant improvements the school has made during the last two years.

"Given a little more time, we are confident that this report highlights that the fundamental processes and improvements are now in place to make Howard Community Academy a Good school in every element of its work.

"I am beaming with pride at this recognition of the hard work and dedication of our colleagues, families, wider community and Anglian Learning."

Academy staff were described as 'kind and caring' who 'take care of the children and focus on their social and emotional needs and welfare.'