Village school speaks out after damning Ofsted report declares Norfolk primaries are “not yet good enough”

Filby Primary School celebrating a successful 2013 Filby Primary School celebrating a successful 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
9:40 AM

A rural Norfolk school has moved to highlight its success after Ofsted’s annual report declared 126 county primaries are “not yet good enough”.

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Filby Primary School is going “from strength to strength” according to headteacher Debbi Flowerdew, who spoke out in light of last week’s damning report that revealed Norfolk is in the bottom 10 in the country for the percentage of pupils at “good” or “outstanding” primary schools.

“There are many good things going on in Norfolk schools but it appears to be very English to dwell on the negative things,” said Mrs Flowerdew.

“I am very proud of the Filby teams achievements and know our parents and community appreciate all the fabulous diversity of opportunities the children get from our shared vision to strive for excellence”.

When inspectors visited Filby back in March, the school’s Ofsted grading rose from satisfactory to good and, coupled with the recent Key Stage 2 results, the small school in the top 5 in Norfolk and 104th in England for primary school attainment.

“And the Christmas celebrations have just given extra sparkle,” added Mrs Flowerdew.

This year’s Ofsted report for Filby praised the school for giving pupils the opportunity to apply the knowledge and understanding they have gained, highlighted some of the teaching as outstanding and said levels of attendance are above the national average.

Ofsted’s first East of England regional report, published on December 11, took into account all the Ofsted reports compiled this year. In it, the education body pledged to keep up the pressure on standards in Norfolk’s primary schools.

The report said: “126 primary schools that are educating over 20,000 children are not yet good enough. Worse still, 8pc of secondary schools remain inadequate – twice the proportion of inadequate schools seen nationally.

“By the end of the year, over 6,000 pupils found themselves attending inadequate primary or secondary schools in the county.

“This gives us great cause for concern and, as a result, we are monitoring the local authority’s progress and will make a return inspection by the end of July 2014 to check whether the children and young people of Norfolk are getting a better deal.”

nOfsted reports for schools across Norfolk.


  • Well done is about time the negative, political ranting against Norfolk schools was balanced by all those schools doing so well about which we hear nothing!!!

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  • Congratulations Filby.....Good on you all.

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