Ofsted tells Henderson Green Primary in Norwich to improve - but praises new head’s vision

Henderson Green Primary School. Picture: Denise Bradley

Henderson Green Primary School. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2012

A primary school has been told it still requires improvement, two years after it was originally told to do better.

However, the inspectors who visited Henderson Green Primary, in west Norwich, on November 18-19, said its new headteacher had 'established a clear vision for improving the school'.

The school, which has 151 pupils on its roll, was told teaching, although improving, is not consistently good, and the results of Year 6 pupils in this summer's tests were well below the national average in reading, writing and mathematics.

However, it added that the progress these pupils made since leaving Key Stage 1 was 'broadly in line' with the national average, and praised the early years provision at the school, giving it a 'good' rating.

The report said: 'The newly appointed headteacher [Karen Winter] has quickly gained the trust and confidence of parents, staff and pupils to establish a clear vision for the school to improve pupils' achievement and raise expectations.

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'The headteacher and deputy headteacher have driven forward much-needed improvements in the monitoring and evaluation of teachers' performance, which are now improving the quality of teaching.'

Mrs Winter said: 'Since arriving as locum headteacher in May, my focus for the school has been to continue improving pupils' achievement as well as raising expectations: a shared vision that inspectors recognise has the capacity to move this school forward.

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'Governors and staff share a determination and commitment to bring about these necessary improvements rapidly; our pupils deserve every opportunity to do well.'

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