A school in Tuckswood, Norwich has been judged 'Good' in Ofsted report
A Norwich school that was once placed in special measures has been judged 'good' in its latest Ofsted report.
The Locksley School in Tuckswood was also praised for pupils’ behaviour, progress and the quality of teaching and learning.
The school, which supports children with a range of behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, was also highlighted for its efforts to re-engage students and raise levels of achievement.
The school has 98 pupils aged between five and 16 and was previously known as the Central Area Pupil Referral Unit.
It was placed in special measures in 2007 but removed from special measures in 2009.
Norfolk County Council has invested £3.6m in moving the school to the former South Harford Middle School site and transforming its premises to make them more suitable for teaching and learning.
Inspectors said: “Locksley provides a good education for its pupils. There have been significant improvements in all aspects of its work under the excellent leadership of the headteacher.
“Pupils’ attainment, although low, is rising rapidly as a result of good learning and progress they make in lessons.
“Pupils’ behaviour and attendance improves significantly in a relatively short period of time because the quality of care, guidance and support is good.
“Pupils stay safe and their behaviour is good because staff have good relationships with them and manage their behaviour well.”
Inspectors said the curriculum met pupils’ needs well and adults worked together effectively as a team.
Des Reynolds, headteacher of the Locksley School, said: “This has been a team effort and our teachers and support staff have been working extremely hard to ensure that our students can access an education that interests them, encourages them back to learning and helps them to achieve their potential. The young people that attend the school also deserve praise for their hard work – the proportion expected to gain a GCSE at grade C this year shows just how much progress they have made.”
Ofsted also praised the school’s support for children who attend on a part-time basis, saying this work supports many to return to mainstream school.
Alison Thomas, cabinet member for children’s services at Norfolk County Council, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for all of those at the Locksley School and it is marvellous to see these students making such good progress.
“We have worked hard to bring the school onto one site in a transformed building and it is great to see this paying off.
“However, the strong leadership of the headteacher and the commitment of staff is what has led to this strong report from Ofsted and I would like to congratulate those at the school for all they have achieved.”
Fiona Williamson,county councillor for the area, said it was “brilliant to see that the school was making such good progress”.
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