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Forest of Dean primary school placed under 'special measures' by Ofsted

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 28, 2014

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Walmore Hill Primary School has been placed under 'special measures' by Ofsted

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A PRIMARY school in the Forest of Dean has been criticised by education watchdog over the standards in teaching and pupils’ progress.

Walmore Hill Primary School, Minsterworth, has been placed under ‘special measures’ by Ofsted following a recent inspection.

But Gloucestershire County Council says the small school is committed to improving standards in the areas which need it.

Headteacher Sue Meek said: “The school is very disappointed with the result of the Ofsted inspection, but we are determined to rise to the challenge.

“We have already begun to make changes and are implementing recommendations from the report. The staff are dedicated, enthusiastic and will continue to raise standards and provide pupils with a high standard of education.”

The school is now being supported by Gloucestershire County Council to implement a robust action plan to continue to drive up standards.

Ofsted acknowledged that there was some good teaching that helps pupils achieve well in some areas and that support for disabled children and those with special educational needs was good.

Children settle well into the school in reception class, they feel safe and they are polite, well-mannered and helpful around the school.

However, the school needs to do more to improve overall standards.

Ofsted also highlighted the need for the school, which is much smaller than average, to:

• Improve the quality of teaching and speed up pupils’ progress

• Improve leadership and management

• Raise standards and improve pupils’ standards, specifically in mathematics

• Improve governors’ skills and knowledge in analysing information on pupils’ progress and how it compares to schools nationally.

Ofsted praised the school for improving attendance standards and for ensuring safeguarding standards were met.

Chair of Governors Steve Dailey said: “The governing body continues to work closely with the senior leadership team to develop a detailed action plan that focuses on raising standards and will encourage pupils to follow the school’s motto, which is to 'be the best you can be’.”

A team from the county council is working closely with the school to tackle the areas for improvement identified by Ofsted.

Jane Lloyd-Davies, head of education performance and intervention at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We will continue to give the school all the support necessary to enable it to tackle the areas identified as needing further improvement by Ofsted.

“A project team is working closely with the headteacher, staff and governors to ensure their improvement plan is robust and is effective in driving up the rate of pupil progress.”

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