The acting head of three village primary schools deemed inadequate by Ofsted inspectors has insisted staff, governors and parents are committed to transforming their fortunes.
Critical reports into standards at the primary schools in Castle Acre, Narborough and Sporle were published by the governing body this week.
But none of the schools, which together form the Nar Valley Federation, have been put into special measures because their leadership is deemed to be improving.
Teaching and pupil achievement at all three schools was described as “inadequate.” Common weaknesses included poorly presented written work and low attainment. And all the reports said: “Until very recently, leadership has been ineffective and the pace of school improvement has been too slow.” But the inspectors said the federation was “increasingly strong” and all three schools had effective teaching of phonics.
None of the schools, which together form the Nar Valley Federation, have been put into special measures because their leadership is deemed to be improving.
And acting headteacher Kim Stabler, who took over the role in January, said: “I can see there is a clear determination among staff, governors and parents to continue to improve and ensure pupils receive consistently good teaching across the board at our schools.
“Our pupils feel safe at school and their parents are positive and supportive of our efforts and determination to make swift improvements.
“As inspectors have highlighted, this is an increasingly strong federation that is beginning to benefit from its shared leadership arrangements.
“Inspectors agreed there were early signs of improvements, and the changes and new appointments made since my arrival have further strengthened the leadership teams.
“These are positive signs that we are on the right road, and I am confident that the ongoing improvements in teaching together with our focus to work hard to address every weakness will ensure our church schools deliver a rich, engaging and exciting curriculum that both inspires and challenges every pupil.”