South Wootton school ‘disappointment’ at Ofsted verdict

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A Lynn primary school has drafted an action plan to improve after an education watchdog said standards were not up to scratch.

South Wootton Infant School started the summer term determined to tackle key issues after Ofsted inspectors judged it to require improvement.

In a report published last week, the school was found to need improvement in three of four areas – achievement of pupils, quality of teaching and leadership and management – with only the behaviour and safety of pupils achieving a ‘good’ rating.

Headteacher Joanne Davenport said: “In the current circumstances, we were not surprised by the overall judgements although we were a little disappointed as we have worked hard since the previous inspection.

“We have already written an action plan to address the key issues. The whole school community is committed to working together to move forward.”

Miss Davenport said she was pleased Ofsted recognised that children at the school attained standards above the national average, and that behaviour and safety of pupils was good.

The report said there was too much variation in the quality of teaching, and teachers’ expectations of what pupils can achieve are not always high enough. As a result, some pupils fail to achieve their full potential.

The inspector also said some school leaders are not accurately focused on areas for improvement, and there is “too much reliance” on the head, with insufficient input from governors and other senior staff.

Praise was heaped on the behaviour of all ages of pupils, who “work together well”, follow routines well and have good relationships with adults.

The report added: “Pupils generally have positive attitudes, both to their learning and to each other. They almost always concentrate on the learning in hand, even when the teaching does not challenge them enough to learn.

“Pupils also have a good understanding of the different types of bullying.”