St Clement’s High School in Terrington St Clement has received a glowing report from Ofsted.
Inspectors visited the school last month and rated it ‘Good’ in all areas.
The school opened in February 2014 under the sponsorship of the West Norfolk Academies Trust (WNAT). The predecessor school was in special measures.
The report stated: “The historic low performance and poor pupil behaviour of the predecessor school are in the past. Achievement, teaching, learning and behaviour are now securely good.”
Headteacher Nigel Willingham said: “We are all thrilled to have received a Good grading from Ofsted. I am immensely proud of our students and staff – their hard work has made this possible.
“St Clement’s has been on a long journey to reach this point, and the school is unrecognisable from the one that Ofsted judged in 2013.”
Inspectors praised Mr Willingham’s ‘resolute commitment to the pupils in his community’ and said the passion of leaders, staff and the trust was evident.
The report said: “In particular, older pupils are glowing in their praise for the headteacher, and for the ‘transformation’ in the school since it opened, especially in behaviour and teaching.”
The report said pupils make good progress and achieve well in a variety of subjects and said “most pupils are articulate, polite and respectful young people who appreciate the efforts of their staff”.
Pupils said they felt staff went the extra mile to support their academic and personal needs.
In order to improve further, inspectors said the school should ensure the administration of safeguarding documents reflects the effective practice in the school; continue to improve teaching and achievement in maths and science, and increase attendance of disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs.
Ed Weightman, chairman of governors, said: “The recent Ofsted grading signifies the significant turnaround of the school and is fully deserved.”
Roger Livesey, chairman of WNAT, said: “The trust is absolutely delighted with this report. It is well-deserved for all the hard work that has been done at the school for the past three years.
“Many congratulations to all the staff, students, parents and governors. We can all be very proud to be associated with St Clement’s High School.”