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Thetford school off special measures

PUBLISHED: 10:02 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 21:09 07 July 2010

A Thetford school that is set to close at the end of the year is celebrating after coming out of special measures.

Staff and pupils at Abbey Junior School, which is set to be merged into a Church of England primary, have been praised by government inspectors for making “very good progress”.

A Thetford school that is set to close at the end of the year is celebrating after coming out of special measures.

Staff and pupils at Abbey Junior School, which is set to be merged into a Church of England primary, have been praised by government inspectors for making “very good progress”.

The school, in Canterbury Way, was placed on special measures in September 2006 and has languished near the bottom of the national league tables over the past few years.

But Ofsted inspectors say Abbey Junior is no longer failing and praised the school's leadership and improved curriculum. The school is set to merge with the neighbouring Canterbury Infant and reopen in the New Year as a voluntary aided primary run by the Diocese of Norwich.

Interim headteacher Lin Wakeford, one of Norfolk County Council's experienced 'superheads', said the Ofsted news was the result of hard work and extra investment.

“Everyone at the school is thrilled that Ofsted has recognised our determination to raise standards.

“Reading has started to improve significantly and we know this will have a huge impact on all areas of the curriculum. Staff have shown real dedication and this has impacted on lessons which our pupils are enjoying and taking part in with renewed enthusiasm,” she said.

Ofsted say that pupil behaviour has improved and children are enjoying their lessons and are able to take more responsibility and acquire the skills they need to contribute to the community and to their future well-being.

Rosalie Monbiot, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for children's services, said coming out of special measures provided a great basis for success for the future Church of England primary.

“I am thrilled for the staff, parents and, most importantly, the pupils at Abbey Junior School. Everyone has worked incredibly hard to bring about these improvements and we have invested considerable resources in the school to support its progress,” she said.

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