Watton Junior will be a good school, says head

A Breckland school which was placed on special measures by inspectors in December hopes to be back up to standard again by summer 2012.

Watton Junior School was given an 'inadequate' grade by Ofsted which found teaching was not up to scratch and low morale among staff stopped improvements being made.

Now the county headteacher brought in in January to help turn things around has said teachers and pupils are already making progress.

Douglas Dale said he expected the school to be taken out of special measures by summer 2012, well within Ofsted's two-year target. He added: 'We're very positive. We didn't disagree with the findings. We thought 'fair enough, we need to make some improvements' and everyone has really pulled together.

'We are aiming not only to get out of special measures but be a good school.'

In their report, inspectors told the school it had to raise the quality of teaching and learning, work better with the local community, and improve the way it mentors teachers.

Lessons have been made more exciting with events for World Book Day and a maths day among the activities held so far. Mr Dale added: 'We are making sure we know better how our children are doing and what we can do to make them even better.'

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Staff expect a monitoring visit from Ofsted any day now.

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