‘Inadequate’ rating for Marshland St James Primary School

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A headteacher has vowed to turn around the fortunes of a school following a damning Ofsted report.

Marshland St James Primary School has been rated as “inadequate” by Ofsted inspectors following a two-day visit in January.

Weak teaching and declining pupil standards featured in the report but it also highlighted strengths such as improvements in early years and phonics teaching.

Headteacher Sarah Durrant says improvement plans have been in place.

Mrs Durrant, who joined the school in 2013 said: “Although the report says we have some serious weaknesses but the school has made some really positive steps in the last year.

“We have capacity to move the school forward and turn it around.”

The report states that pupils achievement has declined over three years and youngsters are not making enough progress in Years 1 and 2.

It states: “There is too much weak teaching which does not challenge pupils sufficiently. Extended staff absences have had an adverse impact on learning.”

But the report also highlighted a number of strengths within the school, including Mrs Durrant’s leadership.

The report adds: “Behaviour has improved and pupils enjoy taking on additional tasks. Attendance has risen and is now broadly average.”