The four Norfolk schools which have not had a good Ofsted in more than 10 years

PUBLISHED: 06:57 14 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:46 14 December 2017

Diss Junior School. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Diss Junior School. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY


Four schools in Norfolk have been identified by the education watchdog as not securing a good Ofsted grade in more than 10 years.

Cliff Park Infant School and Cliff Park Junior School. 

Picture: James Bass Cliff Park Infant School and Cliff Park Junior School. Picture: James Bass

During the launch of its annual report, a state of play for the education system, Ofsted also published a list of 118 schools nationally which had not recorded a good grade since 2005.

Ofsted’s chief inspector Amanda Spielman has said disadvantage should not be an excuse for poor performance in schools.

The four schools in Norfolk listed were Diss Junior School, King’s Lynn Academy, Norman Primary School, in Northwold, and Cliff Park Junior School, in Gorleston.

Ofsted grades schools in four categories - inadequate, requires improvement, good and outstanding.

King's Lynn Academy and former principal Craig Morrison. Picture: Matthew Usher. King's Lynn Academy and former principal Craig Morrison. Picture: Matthew Usher.

King’s Lynn Academy, which is run by the Eastern Multi-Academy Trust, was rated inadequate and placed in special measures last November. It had been told it required improvement in its previous inspection.

Executive Craig Morrison said at the time he was “extremely disappointed”, but that changes had been implemented. Alan Fletcher has since become principal.

MORE: Ofsted annual report 2017 - Norfolk schools ‘claw’ themselves up, but work to be done in further education

In a monitoring visit in September, inspectors said the school was on its way to shaking off special measures.

Diss Junior School was told it was inadequate and placed in special measures in March, again a fall from its previous requires improvement rating.

At the time, the school said while the report was inadequate overall, it had strengths it could build on.

A spokesman for the school then said: “Children benefit from a varied curriculum, are safe at school, have good relationships with their teachers and are very well-behaved.”

They said the school was making “good progress” in addressing the issues highlighted.

Meanwhile, Cliff Park Junior School was told it required improvement across the board in an inspection last October.

It had previously been told it required improvement in 2015, and had been put in special measures in 2013.

And in a follow-up visit in May this year, inspectors said the school was taking effective action towards improvement and becoming a good school.

A letter sent after the visit said: “Leaders have accepted and acted with vigour on the areas for improvement identified in the previous inspection report...This has helped to establish a greater collective commitment to improvement and staff morale is now strong.”

Northwold Primary School was told it requires improvement in June this year, in its first inspection since it became an academy with the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust.

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