Joy as special measure are lifted for Terrington St John School

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A West Norfolk primary school has worked its way out of special measures after making “significant improvements”, according to education inspectors.

Terrington St John Primary School was placed into special measures after being judged ‘inadequate’ in 2013, but has now been praised by Ofsted for turning its fortunes around.

Following an inspection last month, the school has now been classed as ‘requires improvement’ overall.

A report, published this week, said leadership and management, quality of teaching and achievement of pupils still needed improving, but highlighted behaviour and safety of pupils and early years provision as ‘good’.

Headteacher Jill Davis said the school was “delighted” to come out of special measures and is actively putting Ofsted’s suggestions to improve into place.

She said: “We have made really good progress, and credit should go to the staff and children who have all worked really hard. We know we have still got some areas of development, but we are on to those. We know what we are doing, and are looking to the future.”

The report, by lead inspector Paul Tomkow, said more work was needed to raise pupils’ achievement and quality of teaching.

It said: “Although school leaders have secured significant improvements to the quality of provision, they have not yet ensured that teaching is good across all year groups in all subjects.

“Consequently, not enough pupils are making good progress, particularly in mathematics and writing.”

It also said checks that subject leaders make on the quality of pupils’ work are not rigorous enough, meaning leaders do not have an accurate view of standards, and weaknesses that remain in the quality of teaching have not been addressed.

Mr Tomkow also said the most able pupils were not challenged enough to enable them to reach their potential.

But he added that leaders have been “effective” in improving the achievement of vulnerable pupils, and said children in early years are taught well and make good progress.

Pupils were also praised for behaving well, and the school’s promotion of pupils’ moral and social development was highlighted as ‘good’.