Inspectors report ‘good’ leadership and behaviour at King’s Lynn Academy

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Leadership and management and behaviour of students at King’s Lynn Academy have been graded “good” by inspectors in a full Ofsted assessment.

The school’s results still need to improve and as a result the quality of teaching was not yet seen to be making the grade.

Craig Morrison, principal, said: “It is clear how far the academy has changed for the better in the last two years.

“The inspection team were unanimous in their praise for the work done and were confident that we will secure further improvement in the next twelve months to gain an overall outcome of ‘Good’.”

The report said students are not yet consistently making good progress, especially the most able, disabled students and those who have special educational needs.

The gap in performance between boys and girls at the end of Year 11 remains too wide, with boys performing less well.

Although students’ progress is improving, this has not yet had enough impact on GCSE examination results in English and mathematics and teachers are not always using data about students’ attainment and progress to set work at the right level of difficulty.

Teachers’ marking is not always helpful in raising standards, and not all teachers are tackling students’ weak literacy skills to help them perform better, it added.

In July, behaviour of pupils was praised after a focused inspection on that aspect of the school, as reported in the Lynn News and that was reiterated in this full report.

It said: “It has improved markedly since the last inspection.

“The number of exclusions has fallen significantly and attendance continues to improve.

“In the first month of the new academic year, it is in line with the national average for 2013.”

Leadership was also said to be good.

The report said: “The principal has established an able and committed team of senior and faculty leaders.

“Their roles and responsibilities are clearly defined, with a strong focus on improving teaching and learning.

“Many key staff are new to their post.

“Though they are already having an impact on the quality of teaching, in many cases they have not been in post long enough to secure substantial improvements in examination results.”

The report was published as Sir Michael Wilshaw, chief inspector of schools, called for headteachers in Norfolk to raise standards across the board at a headteachers’ conference in Norwich.

Norfolk County Council has already implemented a plan to try to raise all of the county’s schools to “good” by 2016 after a string of critical reports last year.