A West Norfolk primary school has been criticised after Ofsted inspectors found weaknesses in teaching and leadership.

Wormegay Primary School has been rated as “requires improvement” overall following an inspection last month.

The quality of education, the school’s management and leadership and early years provision were also found to “require improvement”.

But “happy and safe” pupils at the Stoke Road school were praised for their behaviour and attitudes towards learning and the report, published last week, said attendance and punctuality were also improving.

Pupils’ personal development was also rated as “good”, with inspectors noting the many trips, clubs and activities on offer.

“Pupils usually conduct themselves well, concentrating hard in lessons and moving sensibly around the school. 

“Leaders prioritise opportunities to broaden pupils’ horizons,” the report said.

Inspectors found staff worked hard and were committed to improving the quality of education, but teaching was inconsistent, particularly in maths.

The report continued: “As a result, pupils often have gaps in their understanding. 

“Leaders have begun to address this, but improvements  have not been quick enough and too many pupils continue to struggle.

“Governors have not done enough to hold leaders to account.” 

The report said senior school leaders needed to address weaknesses in the teaching of maths “as a matter of urgency” and monitor improvements more closely.

“There are big gaps in pupils’ understanding, some of which are a legacy from historically weaker teaching,” the report said.

“Pupils who have fallen behind are still not catching up fast enough.”

Children were found to enjoy reading and stories, making good progress, but they did not read “a sufficiently wide range of books”.

“Too few pupils are reading high-quality books from different genres,” the report went on. 

“As a result, opportunities to improve pupils’ vocabulary are being missed.”

Youngsters in reception class did not start learning phonics early enough, inspectors said, and pupils did not get enough opportunities to learn and play outside.