West Lynn school must act to prevent under-achievement

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Plans for improvement at a school in special measures “are not precise enough to bring about rapid improvement,” inspectors have said.

Inspectors from Ofsted concluded that pupils currently in year six at West Lynn primary School were on track to underachieve in reading and writing.

The report said: “This group of pupils needs more support than they are presently receiving to boost their learning before they leave for secondary school.

“You have rightly identified ways to do this and must now act with urgency, making use of the good teaching in the school to raise standards.”

The report, published this week, was the outcome of the first return visit by inspectors since the St peter’s Road school was placed in special measures in October.

It said Norfolk County Council’s plan for improvement was fit for purpose, but the school’s action plan was not.

It said: “This is because you have not tackled the weaknesses in how pupil’s progress and attainment data inform your strategic planning.

“In the absence of accurate assessment data, your evaluation of the impact of teaching is overly generous as it does not sufficiently take pupils’ progress data into account.”

Teaching of phonics – letter sounds – was said to be weak.

However , bad behaviour, highlighted as an issue in the October report was not seen.

On this visit inspectors said: “The behaviour of pupils is not a barrier to learning.”

Diane Jacobs, headteacher, said: “Obviously the report is quite stark but when the inspector did the feedback to myself, school representatives and governors he did acknowledge the work we have done.

“He said we have got the resilience and strength to make the necessary improvements.

“We are working very hard to continue making improvements and to make West Lynn a school we can all be proud of.”

Miss Jacobs said inspectors will return to the school next term to evaluate progress again.