Attleborough school taken off special measures

Norfolk is close to getting a clean report card after a junior school became the latest to be taken off special measures.

Norfolk is close to getting a clean report card after a junior school became the latest to be taken off special measures.

Attleborough Junior School was classed as providing an 'inadequate' education for its 420 pupils following an Ofsted inspection last January, which was disputed by the county's education officials.

But teachers, governors, pupils and parents were celebrating after a fresh review last month deemed that the school had 'improved quickly.' Inspectors said that the school in Besthorpe Road, Attleborough, was now 'satisfactory' and had capacity to improve further.

It means that only four Norfolk schools remain on special measures, which are Costessey High School, Aslacton Primary School,

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Mundford Primary School and Morley Primary School.

Lisa Christensen, Norfolk's director of children's services, last year said she disagreed with Attleborough Junior being placed in special measures after it was graded as inadequate in four out of seven categories, but was classed as 'good' and 'excellent' in others.

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Chris Read, headteacher at Attleborough High School, last week said: 'I am delighted that we have been removed from special measures. Staff, governors, pupils, parents, and the county council, have all worked together to bring about the improvements that have enabled us to get to this stage.'

'We are committed to making further progress and are pleased that the inspectors have stated that we have 'good capacity to improve'.'

The new Attleborough Junior Ofsted report states that leadership and management is good and pupils' achievement and behaviour has improved since the last inspection. The learning environment was also 'much calmer', but the school has been ordered to improve progress in maths.

Rosalie Monbiot, cabinet member for children's services at Norfolk County Council, said: 'I am delighted by Attleborough Junior's removal from special measures, and I would like to congratulate the staff, students, parents and the wider community for their support in helping achieve this.'

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