WINNER: Oulton Broad Primary SchoolEducational Setting of the Year - winner

Jamie White and his team at Oulton Broad have improved the school rapidly, to move from requires improvement to outstanding. Their success has been put down to innovative teaching and learning, setting high expectations of learners and teachers and an open and strategic approach to pupil learning. Ofsted praised their rapid improvement, as a result of outstanding leadership and staff who have a relentless drive for the highest academic success. Since their outstanding inspection, the school have opened their doors to share their experiences, support other schools, and offer guidance to other leaders in the county. Parents praise the staff and the nurturing and happy environment, and say how engaged and confident their children are at the school.

Shortlisted Finalists

  • Stradbroke High School

Stradbroke High School’s results are among the highest in the county. In 2015, it entered the top 4% of schools nationally for value added following a marked upward trajectory over the last four years. At its last Ofsted, Stradbroke High School was described as a ‘rapidly improving school’, and this trend continues. The school ensures that all young people have a curriculum that they enjoy and in which they can flourish. While sustaining its own improvement, Stradbroke High School has worked with a local primary school, supporting the school to go from special measures to outstanding in just three years.


  • Little Explorers Day Nursery, Pakenham

Little Explorers Day Nursery improved to achieve an outstanding Ofsted report, having previously been good. Parents say that Little Explorers’ outstanding status is not merely a benchmark that pinpoints a specific moment in time when an inspector carried out an evaluation, it is an achievement that is earned and deserved each and every day. They regularly go over and above what is expected, prepare children well for starting reception class, and take every opportunity to communicate and interact with parents.