Things are on the up at South Wootton Infant School, despite teacher absences

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Two of six classes at South Wootton Infant School are not being taught by their permanent teacher, but things are on the up there.

Senior leaders and governors are now taking effective action at the school judged, in March, to “require improvements”.

That was the verdict of Ofsted inspectors in a report to Joanne Davenport, the school’s headteacher, following a monitoring visit.

The report said: “It remains the case that two of the six classes are taught by supply teachers or by you because of the long-term absence of two teachers.

“Nevertheless, this has not stopped you, the three leaders and the governing body taking the appropriate steps to address the points for improvement from the inspection.”

The report added: “Although you and the chair of governing body are generally happy with the advice from the local authority’s human resources service, you are not getting the advice quickly enough to help you take the action that you need to resolve some of the current concerns.

“This must be addressed as a matter of urgency because these issues are taking up too much of your time and of others and could slow the implementation of the action plan if not resolved in time for the next academic year.”

The Church Lane school has already adjusted its action plan to set out a suitable range of actions to take over the next year, with the intention of making sure pupils make at least good progress from their starting points, the report said.

It asked the school to further refine the plan to make sure success is easily measured against a range of criteria for good teaching and learning.

The report said leaders for literacy, maths and special educational needs remain committed to improving their skills, despite pressures on their time because of the staff absences.

It added: “To make sure that pupils, especially boys, improve their writing systematically in Year 1, the timetable from September will include more opportunities to teach writing skills.”