There is a spring in the step of staff at a local primary school in Bury St Edmunds thanks to “significant improvements” in their most recent Ofsted report.
Howard Community Academy, located at Beard Rd, Bury Saint Edmunds IP32 6SA, received a “Good” rating in four of the five provisions during their Ofsted inspection this year. These results represent a massive improvement on the 2017 report, which saw all aspects of the school classed as “Inadequate”. Due to this, the school signed up with Anglian Learning in 2020, and the benefits are apparent.
Alison Weir is the headteacher at Howard Community Academy, and she 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."
In the UK, school ratings significantly impact the housing market. Parents often want to live in an area with good schools to ensure their children receive a high-quality education. This situation is perfectly understandable, and many parents' desire to provide their children with the best possible start in life drives many house moves.
Properties located near top-rated schools tend to be in high demand, resulting in higher property prices in those areas. This is because the property's perceived value is higher due to the convenience and prestige of living near a highly-rated school.
Conversely, properties located in areas with lower-rated schools tend to have lower property values, as the property's perceived value is lower due to the potential for lower-quality education.
Therefore, school ratings can significantly affect property prices and demand in some regions of the UK housing market.
The news that Howard Community Academy has improved is primarily great news for the school, the staff at the school, and the pupils and parents. However, the marked improvement provides another reason for homebuyers to consider the local area.
Even if you plan on selling your home, the improved school rating is positive news. If more people search for homes in the area because of the better standard of schooling, you have more potential buyers to connect with. If the demand for local homes is higher, this might lead to you receiving a better offer for your home when selling.
At Coakley & Theaker, we take a significant interest in all matters of local life. We care about the community and want to ensure we provide you with the highest standard of service in the local property market. You might not think the standard of local schools matters much to you when selling your home, but we know how this news helps local homeowners looking to sell their homes. We are more than happy to assist you if you need any help selling your home.
At Coakley & Theaker, we aim to support the local community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today by calling us on 01284 769691.