Ofsted says improvements are needed at primary school

PUBLISHED: 08:18 21 June 2018

Robert Kett Primary School. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Robert Kett Primary School. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

A primary school in South Norfolk requires improvement, according to the education watchdog.

Robert Kett Primary School, on Hewitts Lane in Wymondham had previously been rated as Good in a 2012 Ofsted report.

A major factor for the downgrade cited by Tracy Fielding, lead inspector, was leadership at the school.

The report said: “Leaders’ capacity to monitor the quality of teaching, learning and assessment across the school has been limited. This has slowed the pace of improvement to better standards in the school.

“A significant number of staff feel their contribution to school improvement is not listened to. Consequently, morale among staff is low.”

Ofsted inspectors visited the school from May 16-17. They acknowledged that the school had experienced significant upheaval since the previous inspection, including extensive building work, a four year transition to a primary school and leadership and staffing changes.

Pupils’ learning in science was praised, but in maths progress was “well below the national average”.

Ruth Royle, chair of governors, said: “Although the report praises many good aspects of the school and reflects that improvements have been made, we appreciate that these have not been quick enough to fully impact our school’s performance.

“Ofsted praised the vision of the head, the strength in early years and in the personal development, behaviour and welfare of our children. Crucially, our safeguarding practice is effective too. This was strongly reflected by parents and carers in their online responses.”

However Ms Royle said there are key areas needed to bring about more rapid improvement in the consistency of the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, among others.

She said: “Using assessments more effectively has been on our school improvement plan for the past academic year, so is already starting to impact, though not consistently enough to be seen in all classes by Ofsted.”

“There is a clear need for all governing board members to hold the leadership of the school precisely to account. We are already developing our rapid action plan to improve the key areas highlighted by Ofsted with a meeting every three weeks.

“We are confident that our school is already on a journey to good and better.”

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