Old Buckenham Primary School forms action plan after ‘inadequate’ Ofsted

Old Buckingham Primary School ANL-151006-183654009
Old Buckingham Primary School ANL-151006-183654009

Old Buckenham Community Primary School has received the green light on an action plan to address the shortcomings that resulted in an ‘Inadequate’ rating from school inspectorate Ofsted earlier this year.

The regulatory body published correspondence with the Abbey Road-based school this month stating the leadership and governors had developed an improvement plan ‘fit for purpose’, following an Ofsted report in March which found the school to have serious weaknesses in the quality of teaching and the behaviour and achievement of pupils.

Ofsted inspector Kim Hall said: “(The school has) met with the local authority and ensured that actions and timescales align with the local authority’s statement of action. This has resulted in an agreed understanding of the priorities of the school.

“The governing body is committed to improving its effectiveness. Governors are beginning to understand the sort of information and questions they need to ask to hold the school to account for the performance of its pupils.”

Ofsted’s initial report did, however, reserve praise for the school leadership and management, as well as the provision for early years education.

In an open letter to parents, school headteacher Julia Humphrey said it was important to acknowledge the positives and emphasised their commitment towards putting the improvement plan into practice.

“While there is much to do in order to ensure our school improves, school leaders do have the vision and ability to address weaknesses and drive improvement,” she said.

“We would like to underline that we have confidence in our staff that they have the capability and determination to drive the required improvement.”