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Good rating confirmed by Ofsted

Published on 16/01/19

Thetford Academy has retained its Good rating from school inspectors Ofsted.

The school was visited by inspectors in November, with Ofsted spending a day at the school watching lessons and talking to pupils and staff.

Thetford was judged Good in December 2014, and the fresh inspection confirmed the school's positive ranking.

In her report letter published this week, lead inspector Diana Osagie praised new principal Dan Carter, who joined the school in September.

"Working with school leaders, you quickly identified the strengths and priorities for improvement and have the support of the vast majority of parents, staff and pupils," she said.

"You have introduced strong classroom and corridor routines, which ensure that pupils are able to enjoy their lessons with fewer interruptions."

The report said pupils "were polite and friendly and working diligently in lessons" and say they feel safe.

"They are taught how to keep themselves safe, including online. The programme of safeguarding education encourages pupils to engage in discussion and pupils can find support easily from the large, high-profile safeguarding team," said Ms Osagie.

The letter backed recent improvements to the curriculum, support from the Inspiration Trust, and the work of school governors.

It recommended the school focus on continuing to improve attendance, improve standards in English, and help for disadvantaged pupils.

Principal Dan Carter said: "I am pleased that the school has retained its Good rating, and particularly glad that the inspectors praised our students for their politeness and their hard work.

"The recommendations of the inspection team match with the improvement plans we already have in place. It is important for the whole Thetford community that the school does well, and we are working hard to ensure that pupils get the best possible education."