Standards at Norfolk primary school have fallen during the last four years
19:21 03 February 2014
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Standards at a Norfolk primary school have declined from “outstanding” to “requiring further improvement” in the space of less than four years.
Inspectors from schools watchdog Ofsted visited Brockdish Primary School in December and deemed improvements were needed in a number of areas, including maths standards which were deemed to not be as high as reading and writing at the end of year two or six, while progress was inconsistent across the school and weaker for younger pupils than for those in years three to six.
The report also found that the school’s headteacher Mandy Reeve lacked adequate professional support, while senior leaders did not focus sufficiently, when checking the school’s effectiveness, on the progress pupils made.
However, in the previous inspection report, conducted by Godfrey Bancroft in March 2010, the school’s leadership was praised, along with the progress of younger pupils.
He said: “Pupils’ excellent progress is the result of some excellent teaching and highly effective leadership and management. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage get off to a flying start and make excellent progress.”
The latest inspection, by George Logan, also reflected on issues relating to the appointment of a headteacher which were yet to be resolved by the school governors, while the challenge provided by the governors to the school leaders was described as “not sufficiently rigorous.”
However, the report also highlighted a number of strengths, particularly that pupils were enthusiastic about school and had a positive attitude towards learning.
Pupils were safe and mostly behaved well, while standards were generally above average at the end of years two and six and the spiritual, cultural, moral and social development of the children was another strength.
The report highlighted improving the quality of teaching as the main change needed to address the problems, while work also needed to be done to strengthen achievement across the school, along with improvements to the leadership, management and governance of the school.
The Rev Nigel Tuffnell, a governor at the school, said: “The school is happy with the strengths the report recognises and we were fully aware of the areas for development. We are working very hard to implement the changes to swiftly improve our school, with the support of parents, governors, staff and our community.”