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Norfolk academy told it is taking steps towards shaking off special measures

PUBLISHED: 08:51 06 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:38 06 February 2018

Wayland Academy Norfolk. Picture: TEN Group

Wayland Academy Norfolk. Picture: TEN Group

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An academy which was put into special measures last year has been told it is taking steps towards shaking off the judgment.

Wayland Academy, in Watton, was told it was inadequate last April, after inspectors raised concerns over bullying, homophobic language and attendance.

An initial follow-up inspection by Ofsted saw inspectors note that changes had been made, and a second, which took place last month, found the academy, run by the Transforming Education in Norfolk Group, is taking “effective action” towards removal of special measures.

The most recent report said a range of initiatives and events had led to a “reduction in incidents of pupils using abusive, homophobic language”, with “behaviour in and outside of classrooms much calmer”.

MORE: Academy put in special measures after concerns raised

They said “inconsistent teaching” remained, but that there were “clear signs of growing consistency”.

Glen Allott, the school’s principal, said: “Our staff and students have responded with energy, enthusiasm, and an awful lot of hard work, to ensure that significant improvements have been made since last April.

“We have an effective plan in place which has led to better attendance, clear expectations about behaviour, better classroom learning, and a comprehensive programme of work around safeguarding, diversity and inclusion.”

After the rating, former regional schools commissioner for the area Tim Coulson issued the school a termination warning notice in July, which warned that he was not satisfied with its performance.

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