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By VICTORIA LEGGETT Education correspondent
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The headteacher of a Norwich school accused of having a “legacy of poor teaching” and placed in special measures said he was disappointed with Ofsted’s assessment.
Drayton Junior School has been rated inadequate by inspectors following a visit in May.
They found the achievement of pupils, quality of teaching and leadership and management all fell below the required standard although the behaviour of pupils was considered satisfactory.
It brings the total number of schools in Norfolk branded inadequate since Ofsted’s new assessment framework was introduced in January to eight.
Martin White, headteacher, described it as a “very disappointing outcome”. He said: “Although the inspection found our pupils to be kind and supportive with an enthusiasm for learning, they are not making the progress they should.
“We are disappointed the report doesn’t recognise what we consider to be the many strengths of the school, and indeed we are in the process of complaining about the conduct and professionalism of the inspection – although not the overall judgements. But clearly there are improvements to be made in certain areas of the school.”
The Ofsted report, published today, highlighted concerns about pupils’ abilities in English and maths, which were said to have declined, and the capacity of the school to bring about improvements.
Inspectors acknowledged that, following poor Key Stage 2 results last year, the school had introduced booster classes and intervention programmes to address the problems. But they added: “Although these have had some impact, the current year six pupils are still not achieving well enough. A legacy of poor teaching has left gaps in pupils’ learning.”
Inspectors praised the work of the school’s special educational needs co-ordinator, the broad and balanced curriculum and the high expectations for pupils’ behaviour.
The report added: “Pupils are kind to, and supportive of, each other. This is due to their good moral development and sense of what is right and wrong, underpinned by the school’s deeply-held values.”
Mr White said everyone at the school was “ambitious and determined to do well”. He added: “I am confident that, by working closely with pupils, parents and the wider community, we can make the necessary improvements to help our youngsters achieve their full academic potential and continue our valuable work helping them to develop into confident and self-disciplined young people.”