Eight primary schools in Norfolk 'must improve'

Eight of 11 Norfolk primary schools visited in the latest series of inspections need improvement, says education watchdog Ofsted.

While three schools were rated "good", the majority were found wanting in the inspections, published in September.

Norfolk County Council was told by Ofsted in June that improvements were needed in education standards.

A council spokesman said it had appointed new management and was providing better support to schools.

The schools rated as good by Ofsted inspectors are Gillingham St Michaels Church of England Primary (Beccles), Wells-next-the-Sea Primary and Nursery and Hickling Church of England VC Infant.

'Improvements required'

Those that were found to require improvement were St Edmund's Community Foundation (King's Lynn), Fakenham Junior, Ditchingham Church of England, Little Snoring Primary, Tivetshall Primary, St William's Primary (Thorpe St Andrew), Sporle Voluntary Controlled Primary (Castle Acre) and Castle Acre Church of England VC Primary.

The report on Fakenham school says the school had been rated as "good" before the July inspection.

Inspectors in July found that "not enough teaching was good" at the school and "too many pupils do not make good progress in writing and mathematics".

The report on Ditchingham school found that it had improved since the previous inspection when it was rated "inadequate", but improvements were still required.

In June, Ofsted said Norfolk County Council had a "big part to play" in failings at many Norfolk schools.

Only 64% of the 28 schools inspected in the county in March were judged "good" or better, compared with a national average of 78%, Ofsted said.

A county council spokeswoman said: "Two thirds of the county's schools are now good or better, an improvement of 5% in primary schools and 10% in secondary schools since the autumn.

"A report is going to next week's children's services' overview and scrutiny panel that outlines in further detail the county council's action plan to provide a good school for every child in Norfolk. This paper... gives much more detail on our expectations and role in supporting and challenging schools.

"This report will become public in next few days as per the normal protocols."

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