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Swaffham school still has work to do, says Ofsted

Royal Norfolk Show Norwich (Wednesday)

Swaffham CofE Junior School, LtoR, Grace Longmire (yr 6), Judy Madsen (head of art), Libby Cole-Wilkin (yr 6), Tracey McCarthy (headteacher) ENGANL00120110629210434

Royal Norfolk Show Norwich (Wednesday) Swaffham CofE Junior School, LtoR, Grace Longmire (yr 6), Judy Madsen (head of art), Libby Cole-Wilkin (yr 6), Tracey McCarthy (headteacher) ENGANL00120110629210434

Swaffham Junior School’s plan for coming out of special measures is not fit for purpose, inspectors from Ofsted have concluded.

The Church of England school, was deemed to be inadequate in April and the latest assessment is part of a monitoring programme.

In a letter to headteacher Tracey McCarthy, inspector John Mitcheson said: “Plans are in place to improve the school. However, these plans are not fully focused upon all of the issues raised in the previous inspection.”

He wrote that, although there were detailed plans for monitoring pupils’ work and teaching standards, proposals for training and development were not as clear, while there was no model for assessing staff improvement.

Results in this year’s national tests are expected to be lower than last year in reading and maths and the report said it was not clear how that would be addressed.

Meanwhile targets for improving pupil behaviour were dismissed as “not challenging.” And Mr Mitcheson added: “Currently, it is unclear how improvements to the school will be sustained.”

The letter also revealed that the school will become a sponsored academy earlier in the new year following talks between senior leaders, the Diocese of Norwich and the Department for Education.

In response, Miss 
McCarthy said: “We have taken significant action in the three months since 
Ofsted last visited and our priority has been to ensure that our school is a safe and welcoming place for pupils.

“We have received a range of support from the County Council and Diocese and are beginning to make some progress, particularly in ensuring that the quality of teaching is consistent and that we are better at scrutinising the quality of children’s work.

“In September we plan to give staff further training in assessment so that we have a better understanding of the progress children are making and what areas of their learning need to be developed.

“We will also be looking at how we can ensure the school continues to improve and that includes considering a move to academy status.

“In the next academic year we will be looking closely at whether the school should join the Diocese’s Multi-Academy Trust (MAT).”

 
 
 

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