Craig Morrison

Ofsted inspectors have acknowledged improvements have been made at one of the area’s first academies, but it still requires improvement.

The education watchdog carried out an unannounced one-day inspection at King’s Lynn Academy, sponsored by the College of West Anglia, in July.

The visit was followed-up with a full inspection last month and the report was published yesterday.

Following the visits, inspectors found that leadership, management and the behaviour and safety of pupils were all good.

The quality of teaching and the achievement of pupils both require improvement, they concluded.

Academy principal, Craig Morrison, said he was encouraged by the feedback and was proud of what the staff and students had achieved.

“Over the past few years, we have worked extremely hard to overcome historic issues and turn this into a school that students and the local community as a whole can be proud of,” he said.

Inspectors outlined areas of strength and said under the “astute and creative leadership” of the principal, ably supported by leaders at all levels, the academy was improving at a good pace”.

Rigorous monitoring systems have identified weaknesses and brought about improvements in all areas, the report goes on.

It says students are proud of their academy and that behaviour had improved considerably.

Examination results have also improved and students make better progress, inspectors found.

“Most classes are calm and provide a good environment for learning,” the report says.

“Students feel safe and their attendance has improved. Students’ moral, social and cultural development is promoted well. Students’ preparation for life in modern Britain is good.”

The report also says that inadequate teaching had been largely eradicated.

Inspectors outlined several areas at the Queen Mary Road school which still need improvement.

They noted that students were not yet consistently making good progress, there was a gap in performance between boys and girls at the end of year 11 and the improvement in students’  progress has not yet had enough impact on GCSE results in English and maths.

Mr Morrison, also principal at the King Edward VII Academy, added: “It is clear how far the academy has changed for the better in the last two years.”

He said he was confident of a good rating overall following further improvements over the next year.

The academy, formerly Park High School, opened in 2010 and the sixth form was closed in 2012.

Since last month, it has become an academy for 11 to 16-year-olds.