Wayland Junior Academy receives “requires improvement” Ofsted rating but school’s progress is recognised

Wayland Junior Academy pupils. Picture: TEN Group

Wayland Junior Academy pupils. Picture: TEN Group - Credit: Archant

A Watton school principal has said an overall Ofsted grade of 'requires improvement' highlights the progress that has been made since it became an academy.

Wayland Junior Academy pupils. Picture: TEN Group

Wayland Junior Academy pupils. Picture: TEN Group - Credit: Archant

Wayland Junior Academy was graded as 'inadequate' and put in special measures in November 2013, when it was then known as Watton Junior School.

In April 2014 the school joined the Transforming Education in Norfolk (Ten) Group and changed its name.

Inspectors, who visited the school between January 26 and 27 this year, recognised the school's improvement.

The report said: 'Senior leaders have high expectations and are ambitious for the school. Their strong determination is now starting to make a positive difference to pupils' achievement.'

Wayland Junior Academy pupils. Picture: TEN Group

Wayland Junior Academy pupils. Picture: TEN Group - Credit: Archant


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However the inspectors were critical of the high turnover of staff, which has led to 'discontinuity in pupils' learning' and the 'inconsistency in the quality of teaching across the school'.

The report said: 'Leaders know the strengths and weaknesses of the school well. However, the capacity to bring about rapid and sustained improvement is limited, as the principal and deputy principal are trying to undertake too many roles of responsibility.'

Principal Nicola Kaye said: 'The governors and senior leadership team are pleased that Ofsted recognised the journey that the academy has been on since the previous school was judged to be in special measures in November 2013.'

The school was praised for the level of care it provides its pupils and it was noted that 'there is consistently strong teaching over time in Year 6 and an increasing number of year groups across the school.'

Mrs Kaye added: 'We recognise that we have areas we need to improve upon and are very confident that our improvement plans will address these and this report provides evidence that we are progressing on our journey towards becoming a 'good' school.'

The report said improvements needed by the school included; improving the quality of teaching, learning and assessment by making sure 'consistently good teaching' is sustained across the school and ensuring the pupils' 'rapid progress'in reading, writing and mathematics for the next stage of their education.

To read the full report visit https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/140680

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