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Work still to be done, says headteacher of Bishop's Church of England Primary Academy after third positive Ofsted report this year




A headteacher says there is still work to do after his primary school received its third positive Ofsted report this year.

Inspectors visited The Bishop’s Church of England Primary Academy, part of the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT), early last month and noted improvements across the board.

They said consistent progress was being made at the Thetford school, with better quality curriculum plans in place, teachers making good use of time during lockdown to revise curriculum planning, and early reading teaching being put in place.

Interim headteacher Chris Read says work still needs to be done at Bishop’s Church of England Primary Academy despite its most recent positive Ofsted report. Picture: Mark Westley.
Interim headteacher Chris Read says work still needs to be done at Bishop’s Church of England Primary Academy despite its most recent positive Ofsted report. Picture: Mark Westley.

They also noted gains had been made in implementing new resources to teach pupils how to learn to read in an enjoyable way and there was ‘growing consistency’ in teaching maths in both key stages.

Chris Read, who has been interim headteacher at the school since February last year, said: “We recognise that we need to test out the changes we have made and that there are further actions to take.

“We want the very best for our children and we are confident that the strengths this report identifies, and the support from DNEAT, mean that we are well placed to achieve our goals.”

Chris Read, interim headteacher at Bishop's Church of England Primary Academy (48755900)
Chris Read, interim headteacher at Bishop's Church of England Primary Academy (48755900)

The school was visited by Ofsted inspectors in October 2019, and ‘serious weaknesses’ were identified.

Since then, Chris was brought in by DNEAT and the vice-chair of the governing body became the chair in January.

Chris said despite coronavirus stifling the school’s progress, improvements were still being made, in part due to support from the community.

“We have been really lucky throughout that the parents bodies have been really supportive of the school,” he said.

He added: “We have a number of challenges in the community and we work hard to engage with the community. It’s a school where we need people to be fully on board.”

Oliver Burwood, CEO of DNEAT, said: “The recent Ofsted report outlined that the headteacher and other leaders have led improvements and added stability to the school.

"The report is very positive showing a clear understanding of the progress being made in resolving the issues raised in the previous inspection, and what needs improving further.”

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