School ‘requires improvement’

Just Regional
May 28, 2020 3 mins read

An Aylsham primary school has been told it “requires improvement” after its recent Ofsted inspection.

The report has just been released into the inspection at John of Gaunt Infant and Nursery School, which was held in March.

While the behaviour and attitudes and personal development areas were rated as “good”, the quality of education, leadership and management and early years provision at the 188-pupil school were all deemed to “require improvement”.

The school was rated “outstanding” in its previous inspection in March 2014.

But head of school Clare Toplis said she was confident that both parents and children were happy with their school and that it was on “a journey of improvement”.

“We know from the survey results and from our conversations with our parents and carers subsequent to the inspection that they have very high levels of confidence in us as a school. Their children are happy and thriving at John of Gaunt and that is hugely important,” she said.

“As with all schools ours is on a journey of improvement and as the report highlights we have ‘implemented changes which are improving the quality of education’. Our school improvement and development plan already identifies all the areas that the report outlines, and we have already made significant strides in addressing these things. The recommendations from the inspectors validate all the plans that we have in place to ensure that we can give the best education to our children.”

The report said that children enjoyed going to school and learning through classroom and wider learning, especially geography, but it said teachers did not expect enough of their pupils, and that children lost interest in classes when “the curriculum is not well matched to their needs”.

It singled out maths as a weak point, along with the way handwriting and spelling was taught, although it said the children’s writing was improving.

The school’s safeguarding measures were praised, as was the children’s behaviour.

“We were really pleased that the inspectors recognised that the behaviour of our children is good and that the personal development of the children is also good,” said Mrs Toplis. “We know that if we have well behaved and happy children they are in the best place to make the most of their learning.

“I have absolute faith in the team at John of Gaunt to move the school forwards and I am proud of their hard work and dedication to our school. We are always on a journey and learning never stops even for the teachers, as we strive to make John of Gaunt an even better school than it already is.”

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