Headteacher’s “frustration” at damning monitoring report

Norfolk County Council assistant director of children services Gordon Boyd. Photo: Steve Adams

Norfolk County Council assistant director of children services Gordon Boyd. Photo: Steve Adams - Credit: Archant

The headteacher of a struggling primary school has described her frustration after a check up revealed it was not making sufficent progress.

Weeting VC Primary School dropped into special measures in July after inspectors found teaching, achievement and leadership to be wanting.

The school has since set out a plan of action to raise standards.

But a monitoring inspection which took place on November 18 found that the response had 'not been effective'.

Anita Hennington, headteacher, said the school had been doing its best to tackle the situation.


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'We have been working hard to address the issues identified by Ofsted in our earlier inspection and are frustrated that this has not been recognised in this monitoring report.

'We have only been in special measures for a short time and have already brought in new staff, started consultation on academy status and improved the way we check and monitor pupils' work. Changes to the senior leadership team are also having an impact and we believe we are beginning to make progress.

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'Clearly there is still a long way to go and we will continue to work closely with the county council to ensure that we are able to make the improvements that are needed,' she said.

The report states that the school's approach does not tackle key issues with 'sufficient clarity'.

The school is now looking to work with the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust with a view to becoming a sponsored academy, according to a letter from Ofsted released on December 9.

Gordon Boyd, assistant director for Children's Services at Norfolk County Council, said the report had raised concerns for the council, especially since the school had only been in special measures for 'a matter of weeks' when the inspection took place.

'We have been taking significant steps to support the school and are currently working to develop a partnership with an outstanding Norfolk primary school.

'The governing body, staff and local authority are determined to drive forward improvements so that the school is well placed to become a successful academy - this is the expectation of the secretary of state and we believe that it will best support the improvements needed at the school.'

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