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School is ready for new life after turning corner

09:00 22 December 2012

Children from Ditchingham Primary School celebrate news that the school is performing well.

Children from Ditchingham Primary School celebrate news that the school is performing well.

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A Norfolk primary school is to start the search for a new headteacher after its latest report suggested it had “turned the corner”.

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Ditchingham Primary School, near Bungay, was put on special measures after an Ofsted report rated it as inadequate, but after acting headteacher Sue Sweet has helped to improve the school, governors are ready to look for a new permanent leader.

Jessica Adcock, vice chairman of governors, said: “Governors are determined to get the future leadership at the school right and the recruitment process has started to appoint the next headteacher to lead the school and continue this progress.

“The governors have an open mind to what this leadership will look like. The vacancy will be advertised in the new year and is an exciting opportunity for a single head or a potential partner school to lead the school and continue to improve opportunities for the Ditchingham children.The school is poised to become the good school it once was.”

The school was rated as inadequate after an inspection in February, which was conducted just before the death of headteacher Gwyn James.

However, a monitoring inspection in June showed that it was improving and one in November also rated progress as “satisfactory”.

Mrs Sweet said: “The thing the inspector said in the opening remarks for feedback was that we had turned the corner, which is good.

“I am a county headteacher and this is what we are sent in to do, to turn the ship around. It is not always easy, and here it has been doubly difficult with the tragedy at the school.

“But the children have worked incredibly hard and the parents have been very supportive. They had lost trust in the school when it was put on special measures, but the children are proud of their school again, which is lovely.”

Mrs Sweet will remain at the school until either Easter or the summer.

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