Swaffham Church of England VC Infant School has been told that it requires improvement by Ofsted in a report released yesterday.
The school in White Cross Road has been pulled up on a number of points, including that leaders, managers and governors have not ensured consistently good teaching and achievement.
Governors are criticised for not ensuring that sound policies relating to the safety of pupils are always meticulously applied and also for not having a clear understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses.
Behaviour and safety require improvement because some pupils do not attend as often as they should and some do not present their work well enough.
Teachers do not all have high expectations of what all pupils can achieve and do not consistently set work which challenges them, expecially the most able.
Teachers do not always ask questions which challenge the thinking of pupils of all abilities within the class and do not consistently insist upon high standards in the presentation of all written work.
The inspection, undertaken in February, also found that standards achieved by pupils in reading, writing and maths are not high enough.
The school had last been inspected in June 2013, when the same verdict of requiring improvement had been recorded.
The inspectors did, however, find the headteacher, Marion Link, provided strong and effective leadership. It said: “She has removed previously inadequate teaching.”
Nursery and reception are working well, the inspectors said, with children well taught and making good progress in literacy and numeracy.
Provision for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is strong with British values very well promoted.
The inspectors found that “the very large majority of parents are supportive of the school. They rightly recognise and appreciate the improvements that have taken place recently”.
Ofsted has four clases of judgment: Outstanding, good, Requires improvement and inadequate.
A school rates as requiring improvement will receive a full inspection within two years of the date of its previous inspection to see how it is progressing.