Marham school head insists problems are being addressed

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A village school head has called for his community to work together to overcome its problems after it was put into special measures by Ofsted.

A new report into the Marham Junior School, which was published this week, deemed it was inadequate in all areas, following a recent inspection visit.

Headteacher Mark Ferguson admitted it was a “challenging time” for the school.

But he added: “We have a very clear idea of the challenges we’re facing and had been addressing some of these weaknesses before the arrival of inspectors.”

He said that teaching and achievement in maths had improved dramatically over the last year, while additional training for teachers and a partnership with the Cromer Junior School were also starting to have a positive impact.

And he revealed that the school is hoping to become an academy, working alongside the village’s infant school.

Mr Ferguson said he was heartened that inspectors had recognised the way the school cares for its pupils, and the challenges it faces, particularly relating to children who have parents in the armed forces.

He said: “We must face these challenges together, support each other and work together if we are to provide the best possible learning environment for our pupils so they are well prepared for the next stage of their education.”