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West Norfolk junior school is given Good rating by Ofsted inspectors

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Heacham Junior School has retained its Good rating from Ofsted following an inspection last month.

Following the two-day visit the lead inspector said the new leadership team “has taken decisive action to improve the quality of education in the school ... Leaders at all levels are involved in creating the right curriculum for pupils”.

Ofsted also said: “Pupils’ well-being is central and staff have strong, positive relationships with those in its care.

"Forest School provision is crucial: pupils develop strong teamwork, resourcefulness and resilience with activities closely linked to the core curriculum.”

Louise Jackson, executive headteacher, said “ We are delighted with our Ofsted Report, as part of the West Norfolk Academies Trust we are committed to consistently improving our school for our pupils.

Heacham Junior School celebrate a Good Ofsted report (11742789)
Heacham Junior School celebrate a Good Ofsted report (11742789)

“We are all very proud of our achievement and I would like to thank all our staff, pupils, parents and governors for their ongoing support.”

Ofsted also noted that:

  • Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are well integrated in the classroom and receive good quality support to help them access same learning as their peers.
  • Pupils are happy and celebrate each other’s successes.
  • Leaders emphasis on the broad and balanced curriculum enables pupils to have opportunities to learn about history and geography through interesting topics such as Shackleton’s Journey.
  • Governors have undertaken regular visits to the school and are clear of the improvements seen.

Heacham has been part of the West Norfolk Academies Trust since 2016.

Andy Johnson, chief executive of the academies trust, said: “A great outcome for the school. The inspection was very well led by Louise Jackson, executive headteacher, and our new primary director Rebecca Steed.”

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