Head Teacher Says No ‘Quick Fix’ To Ofsted Weaknesses At School

Head teacher Linda Todd

Head teacher Linda Todd

The Head Teacher of the Five Islands School says there’s no “quick fix” to weaknesses identified in a recent Ofsted report and she’s focussing on improvements in primary-aged children.

Linda Todd was speaking at the recent Children and Young People Committee, which provides local authority oversight of the school.

The latest inspection report released last November said that while the standard of leadership and management at the school has improved since 2012 some pupils are not making consistently good progress.

Ofsted said the school still ‘requires improvement.’

The main concern was around the writing ability of pupils at Key Stage 2, which is below the national average, even though children tend to do better by the time they reach their GCSE’s.

Children’s Officer Keith Grossett told members of the committee that an action plan has been put in place to address this.

But Linda says there’s no fast remedy and work needs to focus on younger children, before they reach Key Stage 2.

And she feels that work is already starting to make a difference.

Members were also concerned about inconsistencies across different subjects, highlighting ICT and modern languages as problem areas.

Council Chairman Amanda Martin said the school used to be a centre of excellence for several languages and it was sad to see this decline.

Chairman of Governors Ben Julian said as well as the Ofsted improvements, the board was focussing on safeguarding children.

They’ve commissioned safeguarding audits of the school and Mundesley boarding house.

Ben said the governors had also hoped to hold an open day at the school last term, to discuss a possible change to academy status, but that was now likely to happen early this year.

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