December 5 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
A north Norfolk primary school is one of the first in the county to be graded under the new Ofsted system.
Ofsted changed the way it inspects schools this year with a new approach aiming to increase impact on school improvement.
And although Neatishead Church of England Primary School has retained its number three grade, this now means the school “requires improvements”.
Previously it would have been classed as “satisfactory”.
Ofsted lead inspector Robert Greatrex highlighted the behaviour and safety of the 31 pupils as “good” and praised their personal development.
He also noted that all the staff who completed a questionnaire said they were “proud” to work at the school.
But he flagged up areas that required improvement including the progression of pupils in the youngest class, writing and mathematics standards to meet reading standards, and governors being clear about what features make “a really good school”.
Under the new arrangements the judgements are now focused in four areas - pupil achievements, teaching quality, pupil behaviour and safety and leadership and management quality.
And when considering the overall effectiveness of the school, inspectors will also take into account the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development provided for pupils, and how well the education provided by the school meets the needs of the range of pupils at the school.
Headteacher Karen Dukes said overall she was pleased with the results and the comments the school had received from the inspector.
“There are some really positive and nice comments in the report,” she said.
“We work hard but the grade does make it sounds worse then it is. But as long as people know what it means and as long as the parents are happy, I’m happy.
“We will continue to improve all the time and when the inspectors do come back they will see a lot more good practice.”