West Lynn Primary taken out of special measures by Ofsted

West Lynn Primary School. Picture: Ian Burt

West Lynn Primary School. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

A primary school has been taken out of special measures by the education watchdog.

Headteacher Joanne Borley believes a good rating is now within West Lynn Primary's grasp.

Although the school gained an overall requires improvement grading, the inspectors praised significant improvement made in the last three years.

Ms Borley said: 'I am pleased that this Ofsted report recognises our judgements of where the school is and recognises that we have taken significant steps from special measures in our last inspection on our journey towards outstanding.

'I am extremely proud of all the children in our school and appreciate the support the staff and I have received from parents, governors and trust.

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'We are on an upward trajectory and with the solid foundations we have set in place, we look forward to the future when we have further and greater successes to celebrate.'

Inspectors judged the school inadequate in 2013, which led to the St Peter's Road school being taken over by the West Norfolk Academies Trust in 2014 and appointing Ms Borley as executive headteacher.

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The trust has also this year seen Snettisham Primary and St Clement High schools go from inadequate to good while Springwood High maintained its good rating for a fourth time.

Chairman of West Norfolk Academies Trust Roger Livesey said he was 'extremely pleased' with the report.

'This is a huge leap forward for West Lynn Primary,' he said. 'Four years ago the school was in special measures and while it's been a long journey to reach this point, the school is unrecognisable from the one Ofsted judged in 2013.'

The report says the school's leaders have 'eradicated inadequate teaching' and pupils in Years 2 and 6 are making 'strong progress'.

It continues: 'They have secured many improvements since the inspection of the predecessor school, including improving teaching and the behaviour of pupils. Leaders have ensured that all staff know and use the school's systems for managing pupils' behaviour.'

Ofsted said the school should continue to improve teaching, early years provision and governance to get a good rating at the next inspection.

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