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Academy trust announced to take on infant school which fell from outstanding to inadequate

PUBLISHED: 15:51 02 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:51 02 July 2018

Nightingale Infant School in Taverham.  Picture: Denise Bradley

Nightingale Infant School in Taverham. Picture: Denise Bradley

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The academy trust that will oversee changes at a struggling infant school, which was this year put into special measures, has been announced.

In May, Taverham’s Nightingale Infant School fell from its previous Ofsted outstanding rating - the watchdog’s highest - to inadequate, its lowest.

Headteacher Jonathan Coy left and it was confirmed the school, put in special measures by Ofsted, would become an academy, with discussions over which trust to join.

And the school has now written to parents and carers with the news that it will be joining the Inclusive Schools Trust, which currently runs four schools in and around the Norwich area.

In the letter chair of governors Samantha Dangerfield says: “The governing body is pleased that a trust has been identified and that we are looking forward to working with the Inclusive Schools Trust over the coming months to ensure the best possible transition for all - staff, parents and children.”

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It includes a paragraph which Ms Dangerfield said is from the Department for Education, which says: “I wrote to you on May 10, 2018, with an academy order as a result of your school being judged by Ofsted to be inadequate.

“I explained in my letter that I was considering a suitable academy sponsor for your school. I can now confirm that the sponsor will be Inclusive Schools Trust. A representative from the sponsor will be in touch shortly.”

The trust was set up in 2017 and runs four schools - Lionwood Junior, Lionwood Infant, George White Junior and Drayton Infant.

In July last year, Lionwood Infant - which is rated outstanding by Ofsted - was made a national teaching school.

When Mr Coy stepped down from Nightingale, he was replaced by interim headteacher Michelle Slymn, who said she has taken three schools out of special measures in the past.

In the inspection, in March, inspectors rated four of five categories requires improvement and one inadequate, giving it an overall rating of inadequate.

The watchdog said leaders had allowed the “quality of education to significantly decline”, and that parents and carers lacked confidence in the school.

The school was one of eight given a warning notice by Norfolk County Council this academic year.

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