Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Worstead Church of England Primary school has been told it requires improvement in its latest Ofsted report.
The small north Norfolk school was given a grade 3 rating in all areas, citing problems in marking, teaching and lack of training for subject teachers.
In its previous inspection in May 2012 the school was rated satisfactory which Ofsted has since renamed “requires improvement”.
In the report written after an inspection on April 1 to April 2, inspector Jill Thewlis said there were not enough opportunities for pupils to apply their skills in mathematics and English in other subjects, meaning pupils did not make good progress in those areas.
The report also said: “Governors do not hold the school sufficiently to account for pupils’ achievement.
“In some lessons, teachers do not have high enough expectations, especially of the most able pupils. “Consequently, not enough pupils reach the higher levels at the end of key stage 1 and 2.”
However the school welcomed a new headteacher, Jo Johnson, in January who was praised for her drive and ambition.
The report said: “Her actions have already led to improvements in the progress of pupils because she has eradicated inadequate teaching.”
And the report also said relationships in the school were positive, with polite and courteous pupils.
In a letter to parents, Ms Johnson said although it was not a grade the school aspired to, it could be explained partly through the instability of leadership in recent years.
She said: “Worstead School’s goal is to be ‘outstanding’ and we now have high expectations for everyone in our school community, not only our pupils but also our staff and governors.”