Pupils praised but Tilney All Saints school needs to improve
A school visited by Ofsted has been told it needs to improve pupil achievement, teaching quality and leadership and management.
The behaviour and safety of children attending Tilney All Saints Primary School was graded good and their personal development was outstanding.
The 42-pupil school was previously judged satisfactory but from September the satisfactory category was dropped by Ofsted.
Schools not graded good or outstanding are now seen as requiring improvement – not yet good but not inadequate. Such schools have to undergo another full inspection within two years.
In early November, Ofsted found Tilney All Saints pupils’ progress was not consistently good and potentially higher attaining children were not always doing as well as they should. Boys did less well than girls.
Teachers knew their pupils well and there was a strong bond of mutual respect and co-operation but improvements in teaching had been slow to get started.
The report said some school governors were not sufficiently aware of the school’s strengths and weaknesses.
Strengths of the school were that test results were getting better and pupils’ progress was improving. Children with special needs were effectively supported. Parents were positive about the school.
To improve, the report said the school should level out variations in pupils’ progress and improve boys’ writing and maths. Higher attaining pupils should be helped to fulfil their potential. Training should be provided for governors.
Headteacher Jennifer Rankin said: “Our school is a small, caring school and we value each and every one of our children. We are looking forward to working hard to ensure the school will be graded as good in the very near future.”
In January, the school is due to enter a partnership with Anthony Curton Primary School in Walpole St Peter, under the joint headship of Mrs Anne Senior.
Mrs Rankin, who is retiring next month, said: “This is a very exciting time and the new partnership will enable us to respond to these new challenges together.”
She thanked all the staff, governors, parents and children for their support and hard work.
*Ofsted this week reported that 59 per cent of Norfolk schools are currently good or outstanding compared with 70 per cent nationally.
Alison Thomas, Norfolk County Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, said the situation was improving but she was not satisfied and wanted to see the county’s schools move up the league table.
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