New head is “taking action” to improve Thetford infant school

Queensway Infant School and Nursery in Thetford.

Queensway Infant School and Nursery in Thetford. - Credit: Archant

An infant school whose previous headteacher was accused of 'flagrant favouritism' has been told her replacement is 'taking effective action' to remedy its weaknesses.

Queensway Infant School and Nursery in Thetford was inspected by Ofsted in September after its new head Jayne Wilding had been in post for less than two weeks.

The school was first judged to require improvement in October 2014 under the leadership of Linda Grainger, who was banned for teaching for life this month after showing favouritism towards her daughter, a teaching assistant.

In its second monitoring inspection last month inspectors said Mrs Wilding had 'set a clear vision of taking the school forward that is strongly supported by the whole school community'.

'She has drawn up incisive plans with achievable targets to improve teaching, learning and assessment and to raise standards.'

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The report praised the quality of the school's early years provision and its teaching of reading, adding that its pastoral care for vulnerable children and their families was 'of a high quality'.

But its quality of teaching, effectiveness of leadership and pupil behaviour were all judged to require improvement.

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Particular concerns were levelled at its English and Maths teaching, with the report noting that pupils 'do not have enough opportunity to write at length and so develop stamina' and 'not enough problem-solving and reasoning in mathematics'.

It also said the governing body did not have 'a full understanding of the issues facing the school' and its attendance remains below the national average.

Mrs Wilding said: 'I am positive about the results. I think the report clearly shows that the school has moved forward a lot since its last Ofsted inspection.

'We have developed a plan since the last inspection focusing on key areas to improve, in order to give the best education to our pupils.'

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