Primary school in Beetley, near Dereham, told to improve

PUBLISHED: 14:56 18 December 2012

The primary school in Beetley has been told to improve

The primary school in Beetley has been told to improve

A mid-Norfolk primary school has been told it requires improvement after Ofsted found teaching and pupil achievement were not consistently good.

St Mary’s Primary School in Beetley, near Dereham, has had six headteachers or acting headteachers in the past six years, and Ofsted said governors are uncertain about their roles and responsibilities, and the failure to ensure settled leadership had a destabilising effect.

Inspectors who visited the school last month said although there was some outstanding teaching and a new headteacher was having a positive impact, work was not demanding enough in some classes.

They said teachers should provide demanding work for all pupils, especially those who are most able, use questioning more effectively, give pupils regular opportunities to write at length and increase the amount of time they have to read every day.

Current head Jessica Balado joined in September 2012 and the inspectors wrote: “The new headteacher has quickly won the support and respect of the school community, and the changes she has brought in to improve teaching and raise standards are already having a positive impact.”

They also praised behaviour and safety, and noted that attendance is above average and continuing to rise.

Mrs Balado said: “Despite the number of changes, the school is pleased with many aspects of the report and all the areas for development are being tackled, but the children are great.”

The school received the same category three ranking after its last inspection in 2010, but earlier this year Ofsted renamed it ‘requires improvement’ instead of ‘satisfactory’.

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