Surprise Ofsted inspection finds Downham Market Academy meets safeguarding requirements

Principal of Downham Market Academy Jon Ford. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Principal of Downham Market Academy Jon Ford. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

A surprise inspection was carried out by Ofsted at a west Norfolk school amid concerns over pupils's safety and the effectiveness of leadership.

However, after the monitoring inspection, which can take place at any time and is not a full Ofsted inspection, at Downham Market Academy it was found there was little cause for concern.

The report read there were worries over the effectiveness of arrangements to ensure student's safety, aspects of leadership and management and the behaviour and welfare of pupils at the academy.

But the inspector found the academy's safeguarding arrangements met requirements.

Principal Jon Ford said: 'Following a one-day visit from an Ofsted inspector, I am pleased with the positive inspection report, which recognises the academy's commitment to safeguarding and the welfare of our students and confirms the robustness of our processes.'

It was found 'clear systems' had been set up to tackle bullying and pupils' wellbeing was supported through PSHE lessons.

But there were calls for improvement after pupils spoke of 'low-level' disruptive behaviour in some lessons and concerns were raised over students' attitudes towards teachers who cover staff absences.