Pupils and staff at a Norfolk primary school have defied inspectors by earning themselves a glowing report – just a year after being told they were making “inadequate progress”.

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Brundall Primary School has been rated good by Ofsted in all areas including pupils’ achievement, behaviour and leadership. Inspectors also told headteacher Rick Stuart-Sheppard that in five of the 12 lessons observed, teaching had been outstanding.

In its report, Ofsted said “significantly above average numbers of pupils do exceptionally well” in maths, and added: “Pupils behave well and have very positive attitudes towards school and learning.” Their glowing comments come just over 12 months since inspectors paid a monitoring visit to the school and decided the school had made “inadequate progress in making improvements and inadequate progress in demonstrating a better capacity for sustained improvement”.

In a letter, Ofsted added: “The inspection has raised very serious concerns.”

Headteacher Mr Stuart-Sheppard said the letter had come as a surprise after earlier feedback from the inspection suggested the school was doing “all the right things”.

He said: “Look at what the school has achieved now. This year our maths results were in the top 10pc of schools nationally. It’s hard to match that up with a report 12 months ago saying the school was making inadequate progress. It’s brilliant that we have proved them wrong.”

Last year the school had two banners made celebrating pupils’ performance in their Key Stage Two assessments.

Now a third banner has been added telling passers-by: “It’s official, we’re Ofsted-tastic.”

Teachers have been asked to improve writing skills for boys and spelling across the school to help it become outstanding.

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6 comments

  • Not necessarily. I have heard of inspectors going into schools and not seeing all of the teachers teach and not inspecting a full range of lessons and so not getting a complete picture of the school..These recent inspectors were probably not fans of academies and had no agenda to fail the school, or they might actually have been teachers rather than any man jack recruited because they had QA experience.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Just to clarify my comment below regarding tone of wording in reports. Sometimes the way areas of concern are highlighted can be worded in such a way that they appear far more serious or worrying than they actually are or than have been communicated in the discussions with the schools. This is to do with the report writing process, whereby inspectors apparently have a list of phrases they can use in respect of the various judgements.

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    Row71

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • How ludicrous and what a waste of scarce public money. Ofsted is expensive, corrupt, politicised and useless. A school can be judged as failing or Outstanding in the same week depending who is doing the inspecting.

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    Sportswagon

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • The monitoring visit 12 months ago was conducted under the previous Ofsted framework whereas this recent inspection was conducted under the new framework, where there is much more emphasis on looking at what is actually happening in the classroom and getting a proper feel for the school as a whole, rather than spending the majority of a visit looking at reams of data and paperwork. The school was already working very hard to improve the rate of progress when the monitoring visit happened last year, and as the Headteacher says in this article, the inspector had advised the right things were being done to make progress, just not fast enough in his opinion. I have no problems with Inspections but often it is the tone and wording of the reports which are a problem as they don't always reflect the discussions that have taken place during the inspection.

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    Row71

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Your headline is WRONG. The inspections were a year apart. I have no doubt that the earlier inspection was a 'wake up call' to the school and they responded in an outstanding manner. This just proves the value of these inspections. Inspections or audit are a powerfull tool for helping to identify issues and are generally a benefit to those being inspected as they then know where they are doing welll and where they need to take action.

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    Norfolk Lad

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • This shows how chaotic the school inspection system has become. Time to trust the Head and teachers to run the school as they have been trained to do.

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    Gerri

    Friday, December 21, 2012

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