January 28 2015 Latest news:
Saturday, March 15, 2014
A Great Yarmouth junior school has seen a slip in its Ofsted grade after being told it requires improvement.
Inspectors said Edward Worlledge Junior School needed improvement in its leadership and management, pupil achievement and quality of teaching.
The school was previously listed as ‘good’ but head teacher Dawn Kightley said “key changes” had already been made since the inspection.
In their report inspectors said standards achieved in Year 6 were “well below” the national average in English and maths, and the work teachers set in lessons was often too hard or too easy.
They also said some marking did not show pupils how to improve their work and governors did not hold school leaders to account “rigorously enough” for standards and progress within the school.
The report added: “Leaders have not taken sufficient action quickly enough to improve the quality of teaching over time and raise standards so that more pupils make the good progress of which they are capable.”
But inspectors said “recent actions” were having a positive impact, and they also praised pupil behaviour and the “strong, supportive” staff team at the school.
Other strengths they noted included; attendance being above average, good opportunities for pupils to take part in a variety of sports, musical activities and visits and opportunities for parents to learn about the school’s teaching methods, in order to support their children at home.
Mrs Kightley said everyone at the school was committed to “improving and raising standards” for the benefit of students, and she was confident changes made since the inspection would address the areas of weakness identified in the report.
She said: “These changes include improving the way we mark pupils’ work so we show pupils what they need to do to get better, as well as making sure our children have more opportunities to use the skills they have learned in English and maths in other subjects.
“In addition, staff and governors are taking a much more proactive approach to analysing our in-house data, which will help us to identify where we need to target our resources and support to improve standards and attainment.”
Mrs Kightley was particularly pleased with inspectors’ comments about the school’s “happy and welcoming community” and said staff believed firmly in the benefits of extra curricular activities offered - a factor also highlighted in the report. Children were well-behaved and polite.