Ofsted report praises one of West Norfolk’s highest performing schools

PUBLISHED: 13:53 04 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:15 04 July 2018

Marshland High School. Picture: Chris Bishop

Marshland High School. Picture: Chris Bishop


One of the highest performing secondary schools in West Norfolk has been rated good by Ofsted.

Following a two-day inspection at Marshland High School, in West Walton, inspectors have praised the leaders for raising the aspirations of pupils.

The school has been rated good in all areas, including effectiveness of leadership, quality of teaching, personal development and outcome for pupils.

This is the first inspection since Marshland High School joined West Norfolk Academies Trust in 2015, with the school previously requiring improvement in 2014.

Headteacher Craig Jansen, who joined the school this year, said: “I have been immensely impressed with the high calibre of teachers, middle and senior leaders.

“Our pupils demonstrated to the inspecting team that they are proud of their school.”

The governments new progress measure has identified Marshland High School as being one of the top 18pc of schools for progress in the country, where progress made by pupils between the end of key stage 2 and the end of key stage 4 was above average.

During the recent inspection on June 5-6, inspectors found the trust was providing effective support to the school.

The Ofsted report states that teachers had strong subject knowledge and knew the specific needs of individual pupils.

The report states: “Most teaching is effective and builds upon pupils’ positive attitudes to learning to help them develop their knowledge, skills and understanding.

“Positive relationships ensure that pupils support and encourage one another to learn. As a result, pupils make good progress in a range of subjects.”

But inspectors also found a small minority of teachers’ expectations of some pupils were too low, particularly those who have special educational needs (SEN) or disabilities and boys who join the school with levels of attainment below those expected for their age.

Pupils, parents and carers responded positively to Ofsted’s online survey, with parents stating that they felt their children, including those with SEN or disabilities, were well cared for.

Andy Johnson, chief executive of the West Norfolk Academies Trust, said: “Marshland’s unique school ethos enables us to develop a learning community environment where all young people excel.”

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