Academy status will improve Marshland St James school, head claims

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An ‘inadequate’ school has been told it is making “reasonable progress” to improve in its final Ofsted inspection before converting into an academy.

The education watchdog said Marshland St James Primary School and Nursery had improved in many areas following the monitoring inspection last month, but some weaknesses remain.

Headteacher Sarah Durrant said she was pleased with how far the school had come since it was judged to be ‘inadequate’ in January.

And she said becoming an academy with the Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust from September 1 gives the school a fantastic opportunity for rapid improvement.

She said: “We are in a much stronger position now than we were. Yes we need to ramp that up a bit, but support from the trust will allow us to do that and provide the best for our children.”

She also praised pupils for “knuckling down”, with improved behaviour and attitudes towards learning, and thanked the Diocese and Norfolk education authority for support received.

An inspection report said pupil achievement had improved, along with teaching in Key Stage 2, although this was not as evident in Key Stage 1 and early years.