The headteacher of a village primary school - which has is maintained its watchdog rating - is retiring after more than 32 years in teaching. 

Helen Ballam departed her role as headteacher of Rattlesden Church of England Primary Academy, near Stowmarket, last Friday after more than 20 years at the school and 32 years in education. 

It comes as the school maintained its 'good' rating in its latest Ofsted inspection.

The Ofsted rating comes as headteacher Helen Ballam departsThe Ofsted rating comes as headteacher Helen Ballam departs (Image: Rattlesden Primary Academy)

The report said pupils love attending the "happy and nurturing school", with both parents and students left feeling "overwhelmingly positive".

Inspectors praised pupils for their behaviour and engagement with lessons, as well as their ability to meet the school's "high expectations". 

A report read: "The school has a clearly set out curriculum. It builds pupils’ knowledge step by step and is age appropriate. The mixed-age classes are working well. Trained staff teach the curriculum as leaders intend."

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Reading was described as being a "top priority" throughout all age groups, with any needs for support swiftly identified by staff.

The school was told by inspectors to improve on recognising mistakes in writing and spelling, with some pupils making repeated errors. 

Staff were also praised for considering the needs of each pupil and the development the school can offer. 

A letter sent to parents from Mrs Ballam said: "I am incredibly proud of this report.

"It sums up just where I hoped our school would be, and all that I think a primary school should be. A great way to end my career, and perfect position to leave the school in as it passes to the new headteacher.

"As I have always said, everybody that is part of the school community is equally important to the success of the school. 

"You children work hard, care for each other and the school, and are, at the end of the day, the core reason Rattlesden is such a lovely school."