A north Norfolk school told by Ofsted it needed to improve said it was on the right path already with a permanent headteacher taking over next month.

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Hindringham Church of England School, on Wells Road, was given the same grading in February’s inspection as its last one in November 2010.

However, the wording for Ofsted inspections has changed, with “satisfactory”, level three, now being deemed as “requiring improvement”.

The inspector, Nick Butt, praised acting headteacher John Marshall-Grint for bringing stability to the school.

In his report he said the pupils were keen to learn, with the standards of reading increasing rapidly because of the teachers’ linkage between sounds and letters.

He added that pupils behaved well and felt safe in a family-atmosphere at the school.

However, the report also said the school, with 39 children, was “not good” because of low standards in writing and maths, with not enough consistent good teaching, and because children were not always expected to write at length, or produce work of a high standard.

He also said that pupils’ speaking and listening skills were not good enough, and that helpful advice was not always given in marked work.

The school has been without a permanent headteacher for more than a year and a half, but next month it hopes to overcome the challenges when it joins the Pilgrim Federation Church of England Schools with Blakeney, Hindringham, Kelling and Walsingham primaries, run by the same headteacher, Mary Dolan.

The school says the findings in the latest report have been welcomed by staff and governors, saying they confirmed key issues that they had already identified as needing action.

John Burrows, chairman of governors, said: “We always require improvement. There is always room for improvement. It is not a word to be scared of.

“I am particularly pleased that the improvements Ofsted says we require have already been recognised by the staff and governors.

“By implementing these steps the school will move on to being at least ‘good’.”

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