Joy as North Walsham Junior School comes out of special measures and is rated “Good” by Ofsted
A school placed in special measures three years ago has been judged 'Good' by Ofsted - with pupils' behaviour and safety classed as 'Outstanding.'
The turnaround in North Walsham Junior School's fortunes has thrilled staff, governors and parents as they prepare for the summer break.
'We're just delighted that three years' hard work has been recognised,' said Clare Fletcher, executive head teacher of the junior school and the neighbouring North Walsham Infant School and Nursery.
Mrs Fletcher, who took over at the junior school after the poor Ofsted report, recalled that morale had been very low.
'Staff and families were fearful for the future,' she said.
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But everyone had knuckled down to work and bring about improvements.
Changes have included a 60pc turnaround in staff, a new curriculum and all teachers have been retrained in teaching English and maths.
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'It's been very hard work but we had a very clear vision of what was needed and were relentless about making improvements,' Mrs Fletcher added.
She and her executive deputy head, Gill Finch, were singled out in the Ofsted report for their 'highly-effective leadership'.
The report also said: 'All inadequate teaching has been eliminated and teaching is now consistently good.
'Behaviour is outstanding. Pupils are extremely courteous and and considerate. They have excellent attitudes to learning.'
The Manor Road school has 305 pupils with an above-average number who are disadvantaged, disabled and/or have special educational needs.
The report says: 'The school is particularly effective at supporting its most vulnerable pupils and their families, so enabling them to make the most of schooling.'
In order to gain overall 'Outstanding' status, the inspectors say the school make sure pupils' religious eduction books reflect the full range of activities they have undertaken, and some members of staff are 'not fully secure' in making the best use of assessment and tracking information about pupils' progress.
? Pupils William Jones and Chloe Lawrence have proved to be first-rate ambassadors for their newly-rated 'Good' school where improving writing techniques has been a major focus.
They have taken two of the three first prizes in a national competition for young authors.
Over six weeks William 10, and Chloe, nine, took part in an after-school young authors' writing club.
They entered their finished stories into the competition and each scooped top prize in their age category.
William's story, Antarctic Adventure, was written from the point of view of a Husky dog taking part in an expedition.
Chloe's title was The Girl Who Showed Courage At The Circus.
Each won £100 worth of book vouchers and the school will receive £500 to buy books too.