Two Gorleston schools set to become academies

Wroughton Junior School, Gorleston

Wroughton Junior School, Gorleston - Credit: Archant

A failing junior school is to become part of an academy chain as efforts are made to lift standards.

Ofsted inspectors placed Wroughton Junior School in the lowest possible category rating it as 'inadequate' earlier in the year, triggering the move to academy status.

The school, and the neighbouring infant school, are now both expected to join the Creative Education Trust's (CET) family of schools on December 1.

Taking the schools forward from then as the new executive principal will be Dr Craig Avieson the current head at Great Yarmouth Primary Academy, part of the Inspiration group.

The move will affect some 600 pupils across the two sites.

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Philip Cantwell, CET's director of education, said the schools would be the 14th and 15th additions to the group, which includes the feeder high school Lynn Grove Academy.

He said there would be no name changes and that the trust 'had not even thought about' changing the uniform.

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The infant school is an Ofsted rated 'good' school and is switching to academy status separately.

A consultation is underway and if the move is unopposed it will join the group too.

Mr Cantwell said: 'All that will change on December 1 is a bit of signage and the new head will take over. Our job now is to improve the standards. It is over the road from Lynn Grove which is one of our secondary academies and nearly all of the children go across to there. We are responsible for those children from 11 to 16 so it seems a sensible move.'

The two schools are currently federated with a combined governing body and that arrangement will continue.

Holding the fort since the previous headteacher left has been Brendan McCarney who retired from Caister Infant School after 15 years.

As well as Lynn Grove the CET chain also includes Caister High School and Woodlands Primary School.

The school was rated as 'inadequate' following a visit by inspectors in March.

They wrote: 'Since the last inspection, leaders and governors have presided over the school's decline and have failed to steer its improvement.

'Significant changes in leadership and governance and a high turnover of staff have led to a decline both in the quality of teaching and overall standards.'

In 2014 and 2012 inspectors said the school in Burgh Road, Gorleston was ranked as 'requiring improvement'.

A majority of parents who completed Ofsted's online questionnaire, stated that they would not recommend the school to others.

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