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Samuel Ward Academy Trust have announced that they are bidding to run a new special free school in Ipswich.

They are developing plans which will be submitted to the Department for Education and Suffolk County Council at the end of November.

The bid to open the Samuel Ward Ipswich Special Free School meets Suffolk County Council’s specification of a developing a specialist provision for 60 learners in Lindbergh Road, Ipswich.

The headteacher of Thomas Gainsborough School has spoken of his pride after Ofsted inspectors paid a glowing tribute to the “exemplary” behaviour of pupils.

In what was the first inspection since the school changed its name in 2013, Ofsted highlighted TGS’ “highly aspirational vision” and rated the school ‘Good’ with an ‘Outstanding’ for personal development, behaviour and welfare.

A primary school is celebrating after going from special measures to ‘Good’ in the eyes of Ofsted inspectors in just three years.

Coupals Primary Academy in Haverhill was judged to be ‘Good’ in all gradings following the recent inspection.

The standard of teaching and pupil behaviour both came in for praise while headteacher David Maguire was described as “instrumental” in the school’s improvement.

The start of a new school year is often about bedding new students in or slowly starting to gear up to coursework and examinations. 

At Samuel Ward Academy Trust, we were presented with three Ofsted inspections in our schools within the first 11 days of the new term.

A Haverhill primary school has outlined a rapid action plan – based around strong and positive leadership - after a recent Ofsted inspection deemed it ‘requires improvement’.
Measures to further improve education at Burton End Primary Academy have been installed since September as well as greater communication with parents.