Ofsted says academy plans not enough

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Management at Thetford Academy is in ‘last chance saloon’ after its plans for improvement were criticised by inspectors, according to a parents’ group.

A monitoring inspection at the school on May 1 found the school’s improvement plan is ‘not fit for purpose’, after it was put in special measures on February 12.

Matt Parfett, chairman of the Friends of Thetford Academy, said: “I think we are in the last chance saloon now from the point of view of how long management can be seen to not be getting things right.

“If this was a business, there would be changes. The shareholders - which in this case are the parents - would be screaming for a change.”

The letter by Ofsted inspector Dilip Kadodwala, released last Thursday, said leaders and the board of governors had ‘pressed on’ with making improvements.

Students’ responses to changes had also been positive, according to the letter.

However, it concludes by recommending that the school not appoint any newly-qualified teachers.