Caston Primary School placed in special measures by Ofsted

Caston Primary School was graded inadequate after the latest Ofsted report.  PHOTO: IAN BURT Caston Primary School was graded inadequate after the latest Ofsted report. PHOTO: IAN BURT

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
12:11 PM

A school has been placed in special measures after Ofsted found it had not addressed the issues faced after a previous inspection.

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Caston Voluntary Aided Primary School, on The Street, Caston, was graded inadequate by an inspector after a visit in May.

Ofsted inspector Robert Greatrex found that pupils were not making enough progress by the time they left the school.

In his report Mr Greatrex said: “Pupils’ progress varies too much from year to year because teaching is inconsistent and over time it has not been good enough to raise standards.

“Many pupils show little interest in learning because teachers find it difficult to enthuse them.”

Mr Greatrex added that the number of new teachers meant there was not enough continuity for improvements to become embedded.

He also noted that governors had not done enough to challenge the school over pupils’ progress.

Acting head teacher Victoria Norris said that the school recognised the issues and was making steps towards improving.

She said: “Over the last few years, pupils at our school haven’t made the progress they should or deserve to make by the time they reach the age of 11.

“It has been a turbulent time for us and although I made immediate improvements when I arrived in September last year; our improvements haven’t had sufficient time to show they are making a difference in results.

“There is a real momentum within school to change and improve for the benefit of all the children and build on the positive aspects of our school highlighted by inspectors.”

The head said governors had been working to ensure the schools long term future.

She said: “Recently the Governing Body applied to the Diocese of Norwich Multi Academy Trust, following ongoing discussions with the Diocese since the spring. The Governing Body feels this would secure the long term future of the school.

“We know that there is a great deal to achieve to give Caston a fresh start and support all the on-going changes and improvements.

“I must assure everybody that we take this report very seriously and will continuing working hard work to make improvements so the children have every opportunity to reach their full potential.”

Despite a critical report Mr Greatrex said: “Staff have rallied around the part-time acting headteacher’s unwavering determination to

improve the school.”

He also said that parents he spoke to felt the school was improving and pupils felt safe in the school.

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