Schools watchdog praises speed of change at King’s Lynn Academy

Inspectors are pleased with progress at King's Lynn Academy.

Inspectors are pleased with progress at King's Lynn Academy. - Credit: Archant

One of Norfolk's first academies has been praised by Ofsted for the speed at which improvements are being made.

Inspectors made an unannounced visit to King's Lynn Academy in July, to look at pupils' attendance and behaviour. They found concerns were being addressed by staff.

Afterwards the 600-pupil school, which became an academy on the site of the former Park High School in Queen Mary Drive, in 2010, was given a full inspection.

Its findings, due out today, are expected to confirm the academy is still on an uopward curve.

Principal Craig Morrison said: 'We are encouraged by the recent feedback from OFSTED and I am proud of the staff and students who demonstrated to the inspectors what a fantastic place King's Lynn Academy is.

'Over the past few years we have worked extremely hard to overcome historic issues and turn this into a school that students and the local community as a whole can be proud of.'

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Leadership was rated good by the inspectors. Staff morale is described as high, while students are proud of their school.

Inspectors also state: 'inadequate teaching has been largely eradicated. This has had a marked impact on students' achievement, behaviour and attendance.'

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Mr Morrison added: 'It is clear how far the academy has changed for the better in the last two years. The inspection team were unanimous in their praise for the work done and were confident that we will secure further improvement in the next twelve months to gain an overall outcome of good.'

At its last inspection, in 2012, the academy was told it needed to improve 'weak teaching' and 'ineffective management of behaviour'. But it noted Mr Morrison was 'driving improvement', while standards and attendance were rising.

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