Headteacher’s big plans for Watton Junior School

Ambitious plans have been put in place for Watton Junior School which is 'buzzing' according to its new headteacher.

Chris Hadjigeorgiou said he hopes the school will achieve an outstanding grade from Ofsted within a year.

Watton Junior School was put into special measures following an inspection in December 2010 but came out of them in March this year when it was judged as satisfactory.

Mr Hadjigeorgiou, who previously taught at Thorpe St Andrew High School, said the acting headteacher Douglas Dale who helped get the school out of special measures had left a good legacy.

He said: 'There is a real buzz about the place. Everyone is really excited. Everyone will tell you Doug did a brilliant job. With his legacy, the ideas I have, the enthusiasm of the staff and the attitude of the children, we'll achieve that outstanding grade at some point.

'The biggest challenge is we improve from where we left off. The children are really appreciative of the school. They are very polite and want to be here.'

Ideas to improve the school include focusing on literacy and maths skills, creating lessons which benefit every pupil, developing a learning ethos and expanding community links.

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Mr Hadjigeorgiou also said he hopes to put on more cultural awareness days and increase the aspirations of children and parents.

'As a teacher I have got to be a role model for children and help them become respectful citizens as well as reach academic achievement,' he added.

He said his experience so far at the school had been 'fantastic'.