Stalham Junior School ‘on track’ to get out of special measures

Stalham Junior School headteacher Kim Breen and pupils celebrating the school's improved Ofsted report.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Stalham Junior School headteacher Kim Breen and pupils celebrating the school's improved Ofsted report. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
8:00 AM

A north Norfolk school put in special measures by Ofsted is “on track” and improving.

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The publication of the monitoring report for Stalham Junior School, following a visit in November 7-8, comes as the Department of Education approved an application for it to become an academy.

It could be sponsored by the Right for Success Academy Trust based at Eaton Hall Specialist Academy, near Norwich, within the next four months.

The trust applied to become responsible for the finances and performance of the school about two months ago.

Headteacher of the Stalham school, Kim Breen, said it was an “exciting chapter” for staff and pupils and hoped the school could come out of special measures this year.

She said: “Clearly we have been moving forward. It is important we improve and the children reach their potential. It is very much the intention of the trust to keep the school as a community school, work with us and support us in terms of trying new resources so we can rapidly become an outstanding school.”

Mrs Breen said she was very pleased with the Ofsted report and added: “It reflects the hard work and commitment of all the staff. The children understand what they are doing and they understand how they can take their learning forward.”

The school fell from good to being put in special measures following an inspection in March.

It was among six rated inadequate after Ofsted visited 28 schools between March 12-22.

6 comments

  • This school should never have been placed in special measures in the first place. For over 35 years it served the community and was held in high regard in the area. In May it achieved 87% Level 4+ in maths and progress in literacy was also up 4%. It begs the question - why was this school targeted?

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    Ghost

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • I fail to see how being in special measures is an 'exciting chapter' for the school. Why would the children be cheering about becoming an academy? All it will mean is more literacy and numeracy, unhappy teachers and less time for extracurricular activities. I can't see how the school can be said to be 'moving forward', the question should be how did it move so far backwards in standard in the first place? When I was at Stalham Junior it was a GOOD school and benefited from great teachers taking the time to run clubs and organise excursions. I still remember Edale being one of my most memorable childhood trips, will the children still being going to Edale this year? Now that would give them something to really cheer about! It would certainly give a more exiting backdrop for a staged photoshoot than a library.

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    Brew

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • We're used to seeing reports of Stalham Junior School pupils exhibiting their art work in the National Gallery, reading prize winning poetry at the Forum or topping the NNSFA league at football. Now it seems to be just a photo shoot to sell an academy. How times have changed.

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    jaffa

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • So why become an academy then if success is just round the corner? Ditto Herman Primary. As long as the DfE remember these schools and countless others recovered BEFORE they became academies but doubtless they will claim it is down to academisation.

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    Sportswagon

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • For many years Stalham MiddleJunior was a GOOD school. What has caused it to become placed in special measures over the last couple of years? With a non elected governing body who from the town is representing the local children and parents?

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    FOSMS

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • They are being forced to become an academy as part of Gove's despearte attempt to wrest control of schools from democratically elected local authorities. He is handing them to his rich friends as playthings.

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    Johnboy

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

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