Ofsted Report and Attainment

Following the recent OFSTED inspection the following press release was issued by Norfolk County Council.  Updates will be sent out periodically to parents and carer's and will be posted here as a reference.


December 2012

Norfolk County Council to support primary school out of special measures


Norfolk County Council will continue to support Clackclose Community Primary School in Downham Market after an inspection ruled the school needed special measures.


The County Council has been striving to improve the school by appointing a new head teacher and Ofsted inspectors recognised that one of the school’s strengths was that the new headteacher, Ms Louise Ward, “has made a good start and is committed to raising achievement and improving the quality of teaching in the school”.


Unfortunately, the new headteacher appointment has not had time yet to make sufficient improvements. During their visit in November, inspectors found that improvements were needed in teaching, effectiveness of leaders and governors, and attainment and progress of pupils needs to be raised, especially in English and Mathematics.


Louise Ward, Headteacher, said: “I am passionate about this school’s success and that’s why I was appointed and I would like to thank the County Council and Clackclose Governing Body during my time at the school. There are no quick fixes, but we have spent a great deal of time and put a great deal of effort into building an exciting curriculum, improving our teaching and intervention groups, engaging parents through involving them at every stage of our developments through Reading Cafes, Our Big Build project, and Meet the Teacher sessions.


“Our attendance and punctuality figures have rocketed this year and we already have those teachers, who would like to further improve, part of a coaching programme. In addition, our extra-curricular activities are all oversubscribed – another example of improved engagement.


“Ofsted found that 27 out of 28 lessons were not inadequate, and the majority were good which is positive. We are certainly going in the right direction; there has just not been enough time to address the scale of the legacy.“