How 'inadequate' school is making strides towards 'bright future'
- Credit: DNEAT
A primary school previously given the lowest possible rating by inspectors is on the path to "a bright future", insists its headteacher.
The Bishop’s Church of England Primary Academy, in Thetford, was judged to be "inadequate" by Ofsted in October 2019.
A report said the school, part of the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT), had significant improvements to make relating to quality of teaching and leadership.
Inspectors also found “failings in the quality of education” which meant too many pupils were not achieving what is expected for their age.
A letter sent by Ofsted to interim headteacher, Chris Read, said staff had been taking "effective action" to address deficiencies.
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And, while admitting there is much work still to do, Mr Read believes the school is on the right track.
“The February and May Ofsted reports gave us positive endorsements of the work of the academy," he said.
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"We recognise we need to address some further issues as we strive to become better and better.
"We said at the time: if we can attain an encouraging Ofsted report in the most challenging of educational teaching times, then we have a bright future ahead."
Heading into a new school year, efforts to improve Bishop's have seen the creation of new curriculum plans and training schedules.
A new initiative called the Chestnut group, which gives extra help to those who need it, has also been launched.
“The new Chestnut group is designed for children who have been finding school difficult and have gaps in their learning," added Mr Read.
"It allows us to adapt the curriculum to help them make stronger progress and keep integrated with their class. Already significant improvements can be seen in learning and behaviour.
“This project is part of our wider approach to support children’s personal development and wellbeing."
Sharon Collins, whose son is in the new class, said forming Chestnut was the best thing the school had ever done.
She added: "My child is the most settled he has been in over a year.
"I'm happy he's back to being himself and is excited to go to school."