Sporle school is on the path of improvement, says inspector

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A headteacher has been praised for making “difficult decisions” in a bid to improve standards at a village school.

The comment was made in an inspector’s letter after a visit to the Sporle VC Primary School last month.

The school, which is part of the Nar Valley Federation, was deemed inadequate by Ofsted in February.

The same verdict was also delivered on its partner schools in Castle Acre and Narborough, though none were deemed to require special measures because of improvements being made to leadership at that point.

And, following the first monitoring visit made to Sporle since then, inspector Prue Rayner said the plans put in place to turn things around were fit for purpose.

She praised acting headteacher Kim Stabler for her work to tackle the school’s problems, adding: “Difficult decisions have been taken to address the weaknesses in teaching.

“You are building a team of staff who understand and welcome the challenges of rapidly improving teaching across the Nar Valley Federation.

“There is a greater sense of optimism and better understanding of how this will be achieved.”

Ms Rayner’s letter said there were still weaknesses in achievement and teaching which had been identified by the school’s own analysis.

She added: “Because the processes you have established enable you to understand these better, actions to bring about improvement are being better targeted.”

The report also highlighted the impact that the changes were already having on pupils’ performance.

Ms Rayner said: “Pupils are starting to respond to the increased expectations of how they present their work and to more specific feedback from teachers about how well they are doing.”

The report said a review of the governing body is being undertaken ahead of the start of the new school year.

A new permanent headteacher has also been appointed to take charge of the three schools in the autumn.

Ms Stabler will then return to her role as deputy head, with responsibility for leading teaching and learning improvements across the federation.