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Fenland village is 'progressing' after 'turbulent time' says Ofsted

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Leaders of a Fenland village school have vowed to build on the findings of a new inspection report.

A newly published Ofsted assessment deemed the Emneth Academy to require improvement, following a two-day visit last month.

But the report said work was being done to address the effects of what inspectors described as a “turbulent time” for the school, which is now under the sponsorship of the Eastern Multi-Academy Trust.

The inspectors said: “There have been several changes of leadership and many changes of staff.

“Although things are now improving, the legacy of this upheaval continues to affect pupils.

“For example, development of the curriculum has not been given enough attention over the last few years.

“As a result, pupils are sometimes bored and lose interest in their learning. Until recently, leaders’ expectations of pupils have not been high enough.”

But they also reported that children behave “really well”, as they rated both behaviour and attitudes and personal development as good.

They added: “Pupils grow into happy, healthy and well-developed young people.”

The inspectors also found that attendance levels were improving after moves to tackle high levels of absence were made a high priority by the school’s leadership.

The school’s principal, Barney Rimmer, said: “There are many positives within the report, especially with good gradings in behaviour and attitudes and personal development.

“The areas of development identified by the report we had already recognised as an academy, and working closely with the trust, had already started to address.

“It was particularly pleasing to see the behaviour of the children being recognised by inspectors and the importance that the Academy places on the personal development of the children.

“We have a great team at the school and a fantastic group of children and, along with the Trust, we will to continue to develop to ensure rapid progress at Emneth Academy.”

Paul Shanks, the trust’s director of primary education, said: “We are really pleased that the changes which have been introduced at Emneth are becoming embedded and reaping results.

“The staff and pupils have been fantastic and taken all this in their stride. We are really positive that Emneth is firmly on the path to at least “Good” next time.”

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