All Saints at Stoke Ferry 'requires improvement' but praise for staff and pupils

PUBLISHED: 09:43 21 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:43 21 November 2017

Ofsted visited Stoke Ferry Academy in October. Picture: Submitted

Ofsted visited Stoke Ferry Academy in October. Picture: Submitted


A school in the Fens requires improvement, says the education watchdog.

An Ofsted inspector has praised new leadership at All Saints Academy at Stoke Ferry, near Downham Market, along with early years provision, the behaviour and attitudes of pupils and the school’s safeguarding procedures.

But she she concluded it requires improvement because the quality of teaching varies across the 99-pupil school, particularly in reading and writing.

“Together with the deputy head, the headteacher demonstrates a tenacious determination and clear plans and targets for ongoing improvement,” the report said. “Leaders are tackling poor performance and have high expectations of staff and pupils alike.”

The school formed a partnership with an outstanding school within the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust (DEMAT) in September 2016. The inspector said the new leadership team had good capacity for further improvement.

Although the quality of teaching overall requires improvement to enable the children to make even more progress, the inspector said the teaching of mathematics was strong, and that pupils were making very good progress in that subject.

She also highlighted the progress pupils made in early years, adding: “Children get off to a flying start in the early years’ classes.

“From their individual and often typical starting points, they make good progress.”

Pupils were praised for their good behaviour and attitudes to work. “The behaviour of pupils is good,” the inspector said. “Pupils are polite, well-mannered and very welcoming.

“They are proud of their school and the many friendships they have. In assembly, pupils are respectful, reflective and demonstrate maturity,” said the inspector’s report.

Headteacher Katherine Howe said: “I am very proud of the hard work that all the staff and children have put in during the past year and the progress that we have made. I look forward to our continuing journey together, getting better and better at everything we do for the children.”

DEMAT chief executive Andrew Read added: “While there are still aspects to improve, I am pleased that OfSTED has recognised the quality of leadership of the school as facilitated by the trust.”

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