Improvement on track at school in special measures

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Glemsford Primary School, which was put into special measures by Ofsted after a damning inspection in October, is making progress according to the latest report.

An inspection carried out in February by Ian Middleton, from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate, which included classroom visits and interviews with teachers and parents, found that plans to improve the school from its “inadequate” rating covered the areas Ofsted identified – leadership and management of the school and quality of teaching and learning.

Mr Middleton’s report said: “The plan is appropriately focused on improving the quality of teaching in order to enrich learning and raise achievement.

“Most of the actions have been timetabled to take place in the autumn or spring terms and include work with other primary schools.”

He also praised Suffolk County Council’s support and plans to address the school’s problems, as well as the input of the interim executive board which replaced the board of governors sacked by the county council in July.

He concluded that Suffolk County Council’s statement of action and the school’s improvement plan were “fit for purpose”, although changes, including adding targets beyond the spring term and showing how all staff can contribute to improvements, were recommended.

Philip Illsley, joint interim headteacher at the school, said he was pleased with the inspector’s findings.

“The inspector was pleased with what we have put in place and the progress we are making,” said Mr Illsely, who will be replaced by permanent headteacher Clare Farrant after Easter. A new governing body will be appointed to take over from the interim executive board at the same time.

“Clare is already working very closely with this school, so we hope there will be a very smooth transition,” he said. “We are very pleased indeed. There is a good team of people here.”

Glemsford Primary School will be inspected each term to monitor its progress.

Mr Illsley said he expected the school to be taken out of special measures within the next 12 months.