School is judged to need improvement

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Lakenheath Primary School has been judged to ‘require improvement’ following an inspection by Ofsted.

Inspectors found that attainment at the school is average and teaching is not consistently good.

At the school’s last inspection in 2009 it was judged to be good.

Headteacher, Emma Vincent, said: “The school has been through a number of changes since the last inspection, including the addition of two more year groups as we grew to become a full primary school and a number of new members of teaching staff.

“It is really positive that the inspectors agree with us, that the school has come through this period successfully and is now making good progress.

“The report has given us some clear actions to work towards and the staff and governors are committed to continuing our school improvement and ensuring the targets are met as soon as possible.”

Areas highlighted for improvement were the regular monitoring of students’ progress and the prevention of low-level disruption during lessons.

The report sated ‘relationships are generally good and pupils are interested in the lessons. However, teachers do not always ensure that pupils pay attention to learning. As a result there is too much low-level disruption across the school’.

The school’s leaders were criticised within the report for failing to fully utilise opportunities to share good teaching practice and not rigorously monitoring teaching standards.

However inspectors did note that leaders knew the school well and that their actions were starting to bring about improvements.

Ms Vincent said: “A ‘good to be green’ positive behaviour scheme is being introduced to ensure all children are on task and regular monitoring is taking place to ensure work is appropriately matched to children’s abilities. All the staff are committed and we are confident the school is now making good progress.”

Inspectors said rates of progress were starting to rise across the school, particularly in key stage two.

It was also noted that weaker teaching had been tackled and had begun to improve.

Inspectors praised teaching by theme, which they said engaged pupils interest and said that around the school students were courteous and polite.

Ms Vincent said: “We are delighted that the inspectors found many positive things to comment on in relation to how well the school is now performing.”