Two village primary schools near Swaffham that were ordered to improve by Ofsted earlier this year have been praised for making good progress.
Inspectors made monitoring visits to the Sporle and Castle Acre Primary Schools in July after they were judged to require improvement following full inspections in the spring.
Reports of the visits were published last Friday, with both schools being praised for taking “effective action” to tackle problem areas.
The headteacher for both schools, Malcolm Brockway, said Sporle and Castle Acre have started the new academic year as part of the Nar Valley Federation of Church Schools, with Narborough Primary School.
He said: “The monitoring visits have given us a great platform on which to build further improvement and development across all three schools.”
The reports said Mr Brockway, together with governors and staff, was raising expectations for achievement and making pupil progress a high priority.
Regarding Sporle Primary School, inspectors said: “The school improvement plan clearly deals with all the areas identified in the last inspection. There are suitable actions and it is clear who will monitor that they are carried out.”
Areas to improve further include making sure the appointment of new teachers in September continues to contribute to the pace of improvements in teaching and pupils’ progress.
On Castle Acre, they said: “You (the headteacher), and the two other teachers, are keeping a careful track of pupils’ progress across the school in reading, writing and mathematics. You are analysing where underachievement is and are taking suitable remedial action.”
The report said further action should include making sure that formal approaches to check the quality of teaching and learning are coherent and lead to pupils’ higher achievement.