A damning report into the overall standard of schools in the East of England shone a spotlight on one of West Norfolk’s primaries for bucking the general trend.
The first ever Ofsted East of England regional report said performance of primary school sin the region is among the worst in the country.
And Norfolk is within the bottom ten per cent of all local authorities in England for the proportion of children attending primary schools that are good or outstanding.
Of all the schools in Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Norfolk, St Martin at Shouldham – a big winner in this year’s inaugural Lynn News Education Awards – was one of three picked as “bucking the trend through excellent leadership.”
The report said: “The school’s pursuit of excellence in all its activities is demonstrated by an uncompromising drive to improve and maintain the highest levels of academic progress.”
The report promised that Norfolk County Council would be getting a return visit from Ofsted in July 2014 to monitor the progress being made.
It said: “We are working with the local authority, headteachers and members of Parliament to help ensure that things improve rapidly – we are not walking away.”
In June, the county council was found to be ineffective in its action to promote school improvement. The report said it is beginning to challenge more robustly schools that are underperforming and secondary schools in the county have shown the strongest improvement in the region “albeit from a very low base.”