A West Norfolk high school rated “inadequate” by Ofsted has come out of special measures following a fresh inspection.

King’s Lynn Academy now has a rating of “requires improvement” after inspectors visited last month.

The effectiveness of leadership and management was found be to be good, along with pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare. 

The quality of teaching, learning and assessment and outcomes for pupils were rated as requiring improvement.

Inspectors said since the last inspection the school had undergone a journey of “sustained improvement” which had transformed its culture and ethos.

Inspectors found behaviour was good and the report said: “Senior leaders have rightly prioritised securing improvements to behaviour, to ensure staff have a firm foundation to improve pupils’ attainment and progress. This has led to significant gains in the quality of pupils’ behaviour.

“Staff have been trained to manage poor behaviour consistently and reward pupils for their good attitudes and behaviour.”

A new ‘forward step’ unit has been set up to manage the behaviour and welfare of pupils at risk of exclusion and inspectors found it was working well.

The school’s strengths included the “clear, coherent leadership” of principal Alan Fletcher, sustained improvements to behaviour and the school’s best ever results in English  and maths this year.

Inspectors found the school to be a safe, enjoyable place and said attendance was rising with sustained improvements to behaviour.

However, inspectors found the quality of teaching remained inconsistent and identified a number of areas requiring improvement.

The report said: “Despite the sustained efforts of senior leaders to improve teaching, the overall quality still varies.”

Inspectors found while there had been significant increases in attainment, they masked some underachievement. 

For example, pupils made good progress in maths but much less progress in English.

To improve further, inspectors said the school needed to gain greater consistency in the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, raise overall achievement further and ensure the forward step unit led to significant gains in improving the behaviour and attitudes of pupils and retains them in learning.

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