School toasts Ofsted success

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A THETFORD junior school is celebrating after inspectors praised its ‘transformation’.

Queensway Community Junior School was plunged into special measures in 2010 after Ofsted inspectors deemed it to be failing pupils.

But on May 24, inspector Michael Sheridan decided that the school now provides a satisfactory level of education.

Laura Jestico, headteacher, said the outcome was due to a community effort.

“We have worked extremely hard. Staff, children and their families have all contributed.

“The governors have also worked hard to employ top quality staff and it’s paid off,” she said.

The report, released yesterday, cited the ‘exceptional improvements’ in teaching at the school as an example of its performance.

It states: “The school has been transformed since the time it was placed in special measures and now provides a satisfactory standard of education.”

It goes on to say: “Relationships between adults and pupils are very positive and lead to an atmosphere of trust.

“Pupils enjoy learning throughout the school.”

The school is in the process of switching to an academy set-up in September.

Ms Jestico said the report had shown the school was ready for the change and that more was to come.

“By December we want to be ‘good’ and then by next year we want to be rated ‘outstanding’.

“The children now know what is expected from them,” she said.

A consultation meeting will be held on June 27 to discuss the academy plans.

Issues to be decided on during the consultation include the school’s new name and uniform.