Doomed Great Bircham school is praised by inspectors

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Ofsted inspectors have praised the soon-to-be-closed King George VI School in Great Bircham.

A monitoring inspection was carried out in March after the school was found to be requiring improvement last September.

The inspector found that leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas needing improvement.

The inspection report said: “Teachers’ marking is now better and pupils have a greater understanding of how to improve.”

Pupils’ work was found to be neater and teachers are providing work which suits the mixed ages and abilities in small classes.

Inspectors felt further action was needed to refine assessment systems so leaders and teachers have a better understanding of how pupils are learning. The school must also ensure work and activities in subjects other than literacy and numeracy are appropriate to pupils’ ages and abilities.

The school, which has just 13 pupils, is set to close after the Easter holidays when pupils and staff will be moved over to Docking Primary School.

Furious parents have bitterly opposed the closure and said it had been “earmarked for closure” but Norfolk County Council has said no final decision has been made about its future