Achievement at academy in Thetford is ‘on the up’, says Ofsted

Thetford news from the Bury Free Press

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Achievement at a Thetford academy is on an ‘upward trajectory’ but the school still ‘requires improvement’, education watchdogs have ruled.

An Ofsted inspection at Norwich Road Academy found that while the school’s leaders are ‘uncompromising’ in their pursuit of improvement, the majority of changes made ‘have not been in place long enough to have a positive impact on the quality of teaching and behaviour’.

The school converted to become an academy in August 2013 and was previously known as Norwich Road Community Primary, which was also judged to ‘require improvement’.

In their key findings of the academy, inspectors said teachers ‘do not have sufficiently high expectations of what pupils can achieve and they do not plan sufficiently well to meet the learning needs of all groups within their class’. They found that in some classes, some pupils’ behaviour ‘prevents other pupils from learning and the class teacher does not manage it adequately’.

Inspectors noted though that the ‘recent upward trajectory of improved achievement is the result of strong senior leadership’ and the executive principal is ‘starting to embed a culture of good-quality teaching and high expectations and this ethos is being shared with all staff’.

Theresa Rogers, interim executive principal, said: “We are really pleased Ofsted have acknowledged the progress already made within our academy. However, we recognise we still have work to do and we have robust plans in place to address these challenges.”

She said staff, governors, sponsor the Academy Transformation Trust and parents are working together to continue ‘swift progress’.