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Weeting school head angry at Ofsted

Education news from the Lynn News, lynnnews.co.uk, @lynnnewscitizen on Twitter

Education news from the Lynn News, lynnnews.co.uk, @lynnnewscitizen on Twitter

A headteacher has said she is “frustrated” that improvements made since her school was deemed inadequate have not been recognised.

A new Ofsted report into Weeting Primary School has criticised leaders’ initial response to being placed in special measures in July.

In a letter to headteacher Anita Hennington, inspectors said: “The school’s action plan does not address with sufficient clarity all of the key issues identified.”

But Mrs Hennington said yesterday: “We have been working hard to address the issues identified by Ofsted in our earlier inspection and are frustrated this has not been recognised in the report.”

Inspectors said too many teachers were not adhering to policies aimed to improve teaching and learning. Attainment in Maths in Years Five and Six is low and most classes’ work is not well enough matched to pupils’ abilities.

The report said leadership team changes had improved relationships and staff were working hard to raise standards.

But it added: “The lack of confidence between the headteacher and the governors seriously impedes the capacity of the school to improve rapidly.”

Norfolk County Council was also criticised for producing an action statement which was not fit for purpose.

But Gordon Boyd, assistant director of children’s services, said he was “concerned” by the findings, adding: “The governing body, staff and local authority are determined to drive forward improvements so the school is well placed to become a successful academy.”

 

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