Glemsford head is determined to raise standards

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The headteacher of Glemsford Primary School has expressed her desire to raise standards at the school after Ofsted criticised a lack of progress.

The school was placed into special measures after a highly-critical inspection in October but improvements were deemed to be on track after inspectors visited in February.

However, the latest report – which was published last month – saw inspector Ian Middleton conclude that the school was making insufficient progress towards getting out of special measures.

Clare Farrant, who began as headteacher at Glemsford Primary at the start of the summer term, said: “Myself, fellow teaching staff and the interim executive board are determined to raise the school out of special measures.

“We will be working closely with Ofsted and the local education authority to address the areas requiring improvement outlined by Ofsted.”

Mr Middleton’s report said that too many pupils were not making enough progress, including those with special educational needs.

He said: “Teachers are not using all the available data and information to plan work at the right levels for all pupils in their class.

He added: “Teachers are not consistently planning lessons that are exciting and engaging.”

Mr Middleton criticised the interim executive board for not meeting frequently enough and not holding teachers to account and said improvement actions had not yet been put in place.

Mrs Farrant said positives in the report included “commendations for improvement in teaching techniques” following some training, and acknowledgement that the school is in a secure financial position.

She said: “There is no denying that there is still much to do to turn the school around, however, there is a firm commitment from all those involved with the school to make this happen.”