Poor Ofsted judgement for Tuckswood Primary School in Norwich

Tuckswood Community Primary School headteacher Di McNaught. Picture: Denise Bradley Tuckswood Community Primary School headteacher Di McNaught. Picture: Denise Bradley

Thursday, April 24, 2014
8:00 AM

A headteacher has said the headline judgement of an Ofsted report which criticised her school is “disappointing”.

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The report, which parents were told about last night and is due to be published next week, gives Tuckswood Primary school in Norwich an overall “inadequate” rating.

Achievement of pupils and quality of teaching are both given the bottom “inadequate” rating, while behaviour and safety of pupils, and leadership and management, were both found to “require improvement”.

• See our interactive map of Ofsted judgements since 2013 here

The report coincides with the news that the school has decided to become an academy, but headteacher Di McNaught said the two were unconnected.

The report says standards of pupils leaving the school “have remained stubbornly low”, and added: “Attainment in English grammar, punctuation and spelling is particularly low because adults do not promote these important skills effectively in lessons.”

However, it found attainment of infants had been steadily rising, and said that Ms McNaught “has shown the capacity to improve pupils’ education”.

In a statement, she said: “The headline judgement is disappointing but I want to reassure parents and our school community that we are already making significant improvements.

“We know our achievements and teaching in Key Stage 2 in recent years have not been good enough. This is based over time and although we have made progress, our achievements have yet to reach the national standard.

“That said, we have been working really hard to tackle underachievement, and inspectors praised our efforts and the measures we have taken to improvement standards in years five and six, as well as raising attainment in Early Years, which they described as ‘good’ and ‘continuing to ‘improve’.

“Inspectors also highlighted our positive relationship with local schools, our membership of the Norwich Cooperative Learning Trust and our intention to formalise our already close working relationship with ‘outstanding’ teaching school, Eaton Hall Academy Trust as part of ‘Right for Success’ which shows we know where we need to improve and are committed to tapping into the best possible advice and experience locally to strengthen our own work.

“I know these local partnership arrangements together with the rapid improvements we’ve already made will continue. The staff, governors and I passionately believe that every young person in Tuckswood deserves a high quality education, and we will be working as hard as we possibly can to make sure that happens.”

She said there would be a meeting for parents at the school at 3pm on Friday, May 2.

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