The new year means a fresh start for a Downham Market primary school when it makes a switch to become an academy.

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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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12 comments

  • Popeye, I don't mean to be rude but yet again you show how ill informed you are unless you are on academy commission. These principals certainly don't get sacked as you erroneously state as can be witnessed by the Norwich Open and City academies. 95% of head teachers get sacked in LA schs if they go into special measures hence the now common phrase football managers job. I think you are 20 years out of date.

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    Sportswagon

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Not at all...what I am spouting on about is a refusal to cast nasty aspersions about a head teacher about whom both you and I know nothing. You spout about teachers and head teachers in an ignorant and totally out of date way spreading rumours which you can't possibly substantiate. No wonder Norfolk education is in the doldrums with ignorant, rumour spreading gossip such as that which you spread. I agree totally that no one should be paid off for failure be it heads, bankers, council leaders or anybody else but it is wrong to make such claims continuously as you do.

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    Sportswagon

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • In addition Popeye of course you and everybody else has the right to ask the question but this isn't what u r doing you are making public assumptions about her which is very different.

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    Sportswagon

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • So what is Mr Pomfret on now? £120k? Higher? As this is privatisation via the back door, I wonder if we will now see the CEO culture creeping into our local schools too?

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    Fenscape

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • ....."He will be on crazy money"......I expect it is a high pressure job, where his future will depend on results and his relatively high pay reflects this link with performance. In contrast a head teacher's wages in a council controlled school is guaranteed no matter how abysmall the results.....the same with the teachers. For higher wages you have to link pay with results, why should schools be an exception?

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    Fly Tipper

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Think deputy head in a council controlled school, aged about 50, and thinking about retirement. Why not have a go at being a Head, then deliberately do the job so badly that the LA are forced to 'let you go' with a hefty financial package plus pension. Early retirement and financial security....job done.

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    Fly Tipper

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • As I said Popeye u r 20 years out of date. You clearly have no idea what a head teacher does or what happens to them in 2014 when they get it wrong. As a sch governor I can assure you that you are totally out of touch and actually rather offensive in your portrayal.

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    Sportswagon

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • He will be on crazy money like all these academy executive "Principal" costing us all far more than head teachers do. What precisely does a principal of 4 schools do? Certainly not the hard daily graft.

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    Sportswagon

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Sorry you find my 20 years out of date comments offensive Morris.....I thought the Head at Hethersett High disappeared last year, that's not out of date is it?

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    Fly Tipper

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • .....95% of head teachers get sacked in LA schs if they go into special measures.....Come on Morris, you know the LA doesn't sack failing Heads.......They sort of disappear into the distance with a financial package of about £250,000 and a good reference to help them bring down another school. What happened to the Head at Hethersett, was she sacked?

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    Fly Tipper

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • My comment refers to your being 20 yrs out of date re-the erroneous assumption that a failing head teacher today is paid off when in fact they are sacked. You and I have no right to cast doubt on the Hethersett head's current position when neither of us has a clue as to whether she was forced to retire or whatever else. Dubious comments such as yours are merely mischievous making and hark back to a distant age when all types of people were paid off in both the private and the public sector which now only seems to happen in banking!!!

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    Sportswagon

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • ...."You and I have no right to cast doubt on the Hethersett head's current position".....her position at the school is in no doubt.....she is not there anymore. Why haven't I got the right to ask whether she was sacked or paid off? You spout on about teaching but you don't want your listeners to know the truth....what a pity.

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    Fly Tipper

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

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