A struggling primary school’s exciting new era has been dampened after a check-up revealed it was not making sufficient progress.
Weeting Church of England Primary School is set to gain academy status on Tuesday, less than a week after Ofsted said too many aspects of the school remain inadequate.
The education watchdog dropped the school into special measures in July last year after inspectors found teaching, achievement, leadership and management to be failing.
The school set out a plan of action to raise standards, but a second monitoring inspection carried out last month revealed the school was still “not making enough progress”.
A report, published on Thursday, said the school’s approach to improving teaching “lacked clarity” and systems used to improve management had been ineffective due to “poor communication, lack of trust and insufficient support for teachers”.
It also criticised the school’s high turnover of staff for contributing to its “turbulent” and challenging times.
Inspector Prue Rayner said: “Teaching remains variable and too much is inadequate. Training has not addressed the need to improve the teaching of literacy and numeracy, and staff have been confused and overwhelmed by the requirements made of them.
“As a result some have lost confidence in their ability.
“Low morale and uncertainly among staff are reflected in the poor learning and behaviour of pupils.”
She also said the disaffected behaviour of some pupils undermines the teachers’ authority and disrupts the learning of other pupils.
As an academy, the school will be independent of local authority control, with public funding directly from the government, in addition to private sponsorship from the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust.
The trust has already been working with the school ahead of its conversion to an academy, with a diocesan advisor working as a consultant headteacher two days a week.