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Hethersett Academy told more work needs to be done to combat behaviour problems in snap Ofsted visit

Gareth Stevens, executive principal of Hethersett Academy

Gareth Stevens, executive principal of Hethersett Academy

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Ofsted inspectors have said that work needs to be done to improve behaviour at a Norfolk academy, after a complaint over the issue prompted a snap visit.

In a letter to parents, Hethersett Academy principal Gareth Stevens said that a complaint was made to the education watchdog regarding behaviour at the academy in December 2013.

It prompted an investigation, which included a visit by an inspector earlier this month.

Mr Stevens wrote that the report, which has not yet been published online, “concluded that more work needs to be done to reduce low-level disruption in lessons”, although it did note that there had been a “recent tightening of the rules around behaviour and other measures to improve behaviour at the school”.

The principal said that the academy, on Queen’s Road, had conducted a behaviour audit in July this year, where behaviour rules were “clarified and sharpened”.

“We recognise that more needs to be done to improve behaviour at the school. The report noted that strategies were now in place, however these strategies need imbedding by all members of staff,” he added.

But inspectors felt that it was too soon to measure the impact of the changes.

Mr Stevens said that the school and Trust were now implementing the revised behavioural rules, which include a rewards system to encourage good behaviour.

The system will see students able to earn vouchers to exchange for items of school equipment and food from the canteen.

The inspection is the first since the school converted to academy status on November 1.

Its previous report in March 2013 as Hethersett High School saw it put into special measures because of an inability to provide an “acceptable level of education”.

In the letter, Mr Stevens also revealed that a Department of Education analysis of this year’s GCSE results put the academy in the top 29pc of schools and academies across England.

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