Parents want answers as watchdogs say once outstanding Norfolk school is now inadequate

PUBLISHED: 13:30 07 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:08 08 May 2018

Nightingale Infant and Nursery School in Taverham. Picture: Denise Bradley

Nightingale Infant and Nursery School in Taverham. Picture: Denise Bradley

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Concerned parents are demanding answers as to how their children’s school has gone from being rated as outstanding to watchdogs grading it as inadequate.

Governors at Nightingale Infant and Nursery School in Taverham have written to parents inviting them to an open public meeting on Wednesday night so they can discuss what the future holds.

While the Ofsted report will not be published until Wednesday, parents have been provided with a copy, which states the school, in Nightingale Road, is now inadequate, following a two-day inspection in March.

When watchdogs previously visited, in 2008, the school which offers 52 part-time places for three to four year olds and 180 full-tme places, was rated as outstanding.

But the new report states that leaders have allowed the quality of education to “significantly decline” since the last inspection.

As well as the school’s overall effectiveness being rated as inadequate, the effectiveness of leadership and management was also deemed inadequate. Jonathan Coy has been head teacher since 2016.

Concerns were raised about safeguarding, while quality of teaching, learning and assessment was graded as requiring improvement.

So too was personal development, behaviour and welfare, outcomes for pupils and early years provision.

In a letter to parents, Samantha Dangerfield, who became chair of governors in February, wrote; “The report recognises that the newly restructured governing board, working with the local authority, has already identified many of the issues and has ‘swiftly set about addressing the most important areas of concern’.”

She said parents at Wednesday night’s open public meeting would have the opportunity to discuss the report and to hear what governors were already doing to deal with the issues.

Some parents are anxious that the poor Ofsted rating could lead to the school being taken over by a multi-academy trust.
And one mum, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: “The school was an outstanding school with great results across all the year groups.

“But the quality of teaching has gone down and it’s the children that have suffered greatly.”

The meeting will be held at 7.30pm.

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