Norfolk County Council has been rapped by Ofsted for not giving enough support to a school fighting to improve after being put in special measures.
After a monitoring visit to Walpole Highway Primary School, inspectors found new headteacher Jill Davis had introduced plans to improve the school’s effectiveness which were “fit for purpose”.
Ms Davis said: “We are delighted. Staff have worked so hard.”
The county council had also produced a plan of action but it was considered by Ofsted to be not fit for purpose.
The report said the plan was not always factually accurate, dates for achieving improvements were confusing, targets were imprecise and not easily measurable.
“The statement identifies a range of support to be secured to help the school. However, the authority has not yet met any of these commitments,” said Ofsted.
A county council spokesman said Ofsted feedback on the quality of support for schools needing to improve was 85 per cent complimentary.
He said: “On this occasion our statement was clearly not up to scratch. We continue to investigate exactly what happened and why the usual checks and balances did not work as well on this occasion. It is essential we find out why so we can make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Walpole Highway school is now planning to become a sponsored academy, along with its two federated schools in Terrington St John and Tilney St Lawrence.