Headteacher’s delight at progress as Terrington St John school exits special measures

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A West Norfolk primary school has worked its way out of special measures after making “significant improvements”, according to education inspectors.

Terrington St John Primary School was placed into special measures after being judged ‘inadequate’ in 2013, but has now been praised by Ofsted for turning its fortunes around.

Following an inspection by the watchdog last month, the School Road setting has now been classed as ‘requires improvement’ overall.

A report, published this week, said leadership and management, quality of teaching and achievement of pupils still needed improving, but highlighted behaviour and safety of pupils and early years provision as ‘good’.

Headteacher Jill Davis said the school was “delighted” to come out of special measures and is actively putting Ofsted’s suggestions to improve into place.

She said: “We have made really good progress, and credit should go to the staff and children who have all worked really hard.

“We know we have still got some areas of development, but we are on to those. We know what we are doing, and are looking to the future.”

The report, by lead inspector Paul Tomkow, said more work was needed to raise pupils’ achievement and quality of teaching.

It said: “Although school leaders have secured significant improvements to the quality of provision over recent months, they have not yet ensured that teaching is good across all year groups in all subjects.

“Consequently, not enough pupils are making good progress, particularly in mathematics and writing.”

It also said checks that subject leaders make on the quality of pupils’ work are not rigorous enough, meaning leaders do not have an accurate view of standards, and weaknesses that remain in the quality of teaching have not been addressed.

Mr Tomkow also said the most able pupils are not always provided with sufficient challenge to enable them to reach their potential.

But he added that leaders have been “effective” in improving the achievement of vulnerable pupils, and said children in early years are taught well and make good progress.

Pupils were praised for behaving well, and their attendance is above average.

The school’s promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development was also highlighted as ‘good’.

In order to improve achievement in writing and mathematics, Ofsted has told the school to plan work that challenges pupils, and to make more accurate checks of work, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Subject leaders have also been advised to make more rigorous checks on the quality of pupils’ learning.