Primary school has made improvements

Pot Kiln Primary School in Great Cornard is making improvements, according to an Ofsted monitoring report published on Thursday.

The school was placed into special measures after an inspection in October 2011 deemed the school to be inadequate – Ofsted’s lowest rating.

An inspection report published in December showed the school had progressed to “requiring improvement” and last week’s report, based on a visit on April 23, found the quality of teaching had continued to improve.

Mr Lyons said: “The majority of lessons are now good and this is an improvement since the inspection.

“As a result, pupils are making better progress and standards are rising from a very low base. The school is well-placed to improve further.”

The report also praised the school prioritising the involvement of parents in their children’s education, as well as governors and senior leaders’ actions in tackling areas identified as in need of improvement in December.

However, Mr Lyons also said: “A potential threat to this is that there are to be several staff changes at the start of next term.”

He added: “In meetings, governors pose more challenging questions, but they remain unclear regarding how to make effective use of their visits to the school.”

The report recommended that the school accelerates the improvements by appointing staff to leadership and teaching positions, improves the use of governors’ visits and plans more training for them and creates a longer-term plan focusing on quality of teaching and pupils’ progress.

Support from Suffolk County Council has been reduced since it came out of special measures, although it has appointed additional members to the governing body and provided additional training.

Headteacher Wilma Hyde could not be reached for comment.