East Norfolk school is placed in special measures

Stradbroke Primary School, Gorleston Stradbroke Primary School, Gorleston

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
12:02 PM

An east Norfolk school has been placed in special measures after being branded ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted.

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Inspectors said the achievement of pupils, quality of teaching and leadership and management at Stradbroke Primary School were all inadequate - the lowest grading on the education watchdog’s scale.

The judgement has left teachers and staff at the Gorleston school “extremely disappointed” as they say they have been working hard to make improvements.

And although inspectors acknowledged some positive developments, saying there were “early signs” of pupils making better progress in a number of classes, they noted that improvements were “inconsistent” and “too slow”.

Inspectors said there were also “significant gaps” in pupils’ learning and key skills in numeracy were weak.

The report said marking of pupils’ work had improved but progress in lessons and the work in their books showed that “too much teaching requires improvement” and some was inadequate.

Inspectors also flagged up the leadership and management of the school, saying recent improvements were “fragile” as the actions being taken had not yet had an impact on pupils’ progress.

But they highlighted the new governing body and its work to better understand the school, and said members had acknowledged that they could “be more active in evaluating the success of key decisions and actions in the school”.

Inspectors also praised pupil behaviour saying most were courteous and showed respect to others, and said the vast majority of Stradbroke’s youngsters enjoy coming to school.

Christine Wilsher, headteacher, said improvements had been made with more money being invested in teacher training and close working with ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ schools to learn from their expertise.

Staff are also providing extra support for pupils who are not making enough progress and inviting parents to the school’s learning cafe, so they can support the work of teachers at home

Mrs Wilsher said: “We want our school to provide the highest quality education for our current pupils, and create a long-lasting and permanent legacy of excellence, and although we believe we can still achieve that, we are extremely disappointed by Ofsted’s judgement.

“Every school faces a different set of challenges and we have been working hard to improve at a time of some instability. Our governing body is relatively new, being only four months old, and clearly this is a significant change but we are now on the right road.

“Our governors, senior leadership team and staff are focussed on securing improvements, as well as working together, supporting and challenging each other to do just that.

“It is only by everybody working together that we can improve standards now, and for the next generation of pupils at our school.”

4 comments

  • Ofsted the perennial joke......let's sort them out before they continue with their erroneous rubbish verdicts on Norfolk schs which are politically driven anyway.

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    Sportswagon

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • I'm not so sure sportswagon, having heard something about the arrogant and inflexible management 'style' from a friend who applied for a job there. So from this perspective Ofsted are being too polite when they say 'fragile' management.

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    Rhombus

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Ofsted wouldn't judge it as inadequate if it wasnt. The Headteacher should take full responsiblity for the schools poor performance. How can it go from being one of the best schools in the Borough to one thats failing? There is a distinct lack of leadership here, the children will only learn whats put in front of them. More Sports, More Creativity, More Enthusiasm. The Mail has a piece in it today where they are saying children of 7 year of age are suffering from a lack of Physical Activity which is leading to a decrease in life span. Shape up or ship out!

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    MonkeyNuts

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Ofsted wouldn't judge it as inadequate if it wasnt. The Headteacher should take full responsiblity for the schools poor performance. How can it go from being one of the best schools in the Borough to one thats failing? There is a distinct lack of leadership here, the children will only learn whats put in front of them. More Sports, More Creativity, More Enthusiasm. The Mail has a piece in it today where they are saying children of 7 year of age are suffering from a lack of Physical Activity which is leading to a decrease in life span. Shape up or ship out!

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    MonkeyNuts

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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