A West Norfolk primary school continues to thrive as historic weaknesses become a thing of the past, according to a new education report.
Seven years after being described as inadequate and placed into special measures, Terrington St Clement Community School is moving onwards and up.
Three years ago the school turned its fortunes around and was judged as ‘good’ by Ofsted, and now staff and pupils are celebrating after maintaining the grade following its latest inspection.
Headteacher Liz Hackett said the school was delighted with the result, and thrilled that despite below average attainment in some areas, the education watchdog recognised that the school gives its pupils a great start in life.
She said: “Under the new Ofsted framework, a lot of schools are dropping down a grade, but we maintained our good grading, which is great.
“We do have a lot of challenges and difficulties here, and a lot of children with special needs, but that hasn’t counted against us, which it shouldn’t do.
“The fact that we were recognised as a highly inclusive school means more to the governors and staff than our results. It is the children that come first.
“One thing with the new framework is that it’s not about being judged after a one or two hour visit, the inspectors talk to the children and look at their books, so they get an idea of what we’re like over time.
“You can’t fool an Ofsted inspector, it’s there for them to find and they found it here.”
The report, published on Tuesday, said leaders and managers have “acted rapidly to reverse a decline in standards”, with particularly successful focus on improving the Early Years Foundation Stage and the teaching of reading.
It said: “Following reorganised provision (in Early Years), children now make very good progress because of excellent teaching and support they receive from adults.
“Consequently, the proportion of children reaching expected standards at the end of the reception year is now well above that seen nationally.”
The report said the quality of teaching was helping raise attainment across the school, and said pupils behave well display “excellent manners” and show consistently positive attitudes towards their learning.
To improve further, the school needs to raise the quality of teaching further, and accelerate pupils’ progress to outstanding.