Turmoil at the top hampers Wensum Junior School’s efforts to escape special measures

Wensum Junior School.

Wensum Junior School. - Credit: Sarah Cocke

A primary school which suffered leadership turbulence since it was judged 'inadequate' in April is not making enough progress towards removing special measures, Ofsted said.

Wensum Junior School's headteacher, Annette McMylor, resigned after a follow-up inspection in May, and was replaced by a county head, Douglas Dale, working 2.5 days a week for the last six weeks of the summer term.

An acting head from another school took over part time at the start of this term, but resigned three days before half term. Mr Dale returned a day before the most recent inspection, on November 4-5.

Yesterday's report said the school now has two governors, who are uncertain about their role after the chairman resigned, and 'along with staff and parents, they do not know why the most recent changes to leadership have happened'.

However, it added: 'Teachers express overwhelming relief and confidence that there is now a leadership team in place that has the capacity to lead the necessary improvement.'

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Gordon Boyd, assistant director of children's services at Norfolk County Council, said: 'The county council has moved quickly to bring back the support of an experienced county head, and the new deputy head has also been helping the school and its staff focus upon the improvements that need to be made.'

The report said: 'Uncertainty remains regarding the timing and transition to sponsored academy status'.

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However, Mr Boyd said: 'Wensum Junior is still in the process of becoming a sponsored academy with the Evolution Academy Trust.'

Evolution is led by Costessey infant and junior schools.

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