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Thursday, January 2, 2014
The new year means a fresh start for a Downham Market primary school when it makes a switch to become an academy.
Clackclose Primary School will become the College of West Anglia (CWA) Academy Trust’s first primary this month when it changes its name to the Nelson Academy.
As Clackclose Primary, the school was put into special measures in November 2012 after Ofsted said the school’s leaders had “not fully addressed serious and long-standing shortcomings in pupils’ progress, achievement and attainment, or in the quality of teaching”.
Its last monitoring inspection in November judged that the school was making “reasonable progress” to coming out of special measures, with its leadership team restructured after three teachers left. Two of those teachers had leadership responsibilities.
“The headteacher and deputy headteacher continue to provide decisive leadership and rigour in the pursuit of higher standards,” inspector Dilip Kadodwala said at the last monitoring visit. “Leaders and governors have followed the due process in ensuring a smooth transition to academy status, including consultation with parents.”
The move means the new Nelson Academy will become part of the CWA Academy Trust’s goal to establish a “family of academies” in the West Norfolk area.
It already sponsors Downham Market and King’s Lynn academies, with CWA principal David Pomfret serving as a governor at both. The trust has also bid to sponsor the King Edward VII School and Eastgate Primary School. Both are in special measures.
Mr Pomfret said: “Our approach is to develop a mutually-supportive family of academies with strong leadership practices to bring out the best in each other and, most importantly, in all of our students.”
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