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West Norfolk school suffers damning report

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7:20am 7th July 2017
(Updated 7:20am 7th July 2017)

A West Norfolk school has received a scathing review in its latest OFSTED report - which downgrades it to inadequate.

Students' behaviour, progress and attendance is severely criticised in Downham Market Academy's report, while the teaching standard is rated as 'poor'.

A new academy trust is in the process of taking charge of the academy after bad results in the last inspection too.

Duncan Ramsey, the chief executive of the Eastern Multi-Academy Trust which currently controls the school says its not good enough;

"We fully accept the OFSTED report and that the Trust needs to do more, and hasn't had enough impact at Downham Market. It had lots of impact for several years, but then there was a big dip.

We're really disappointed with that result. Downham Market was on a period of improvement for two or three years, then last year it had some poor results. The inspection report does talk about the improvements that have been made this term, but they're saying quite rightly saying that progress hasn't been fast enough."

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss commented this week on the Downham Market Academy OFSTED report that has rated the school ‘Inadequate’.

"This report shows that standards are not good enough and that children in Downham Market are not getting the education they deserve. I have pressed the Regional Schools Commissioner Tim Coulson for immediate action to be taken at a meeting two weeks ago, following previous interventions. I also visited ‎the school and met staff and students.

It is vital that new leadership is put in at the school and that there is an Academy Trust in charge that can immediately make progress on standards and discipline. I understand that this in in train with a high quality Trust lined up and I will be keeping up the pressure‎ until an agreement is confirmed."

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