School to go into special measures

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A village primary school previously rated as ‘good’ by inspectors has been criticised in its latest check-up, with a report suggesting it should be placed into special measures.

Inspected in June, Long Melford Primary School has been rated as ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted, the lowest of four categories and two below its previous rating given to the school in 2011.

In March 2014, Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, wrote to the school and to parents to say the school’s performance had been maintained.

However, in their report from June’s check-up, inspectors Ruth Brock and Paul Tomkow said checks by leaders and governors on teaching were not effective, saying pupil achievement had suffered as a result.

They also criticised leaders at the school for not making good use of assessment and not “challenging pupils and moving them on to the next steps in their learning”.

A lack of achievement in mathematics was also highlighted, with concerns over the level of teaching, while pupils’ behaviour was also described as requiring improvement.

Lisa Chambers, cabinet member for education and skills at Suffolk County Council said: “We have prepared an action plan which will show how we will be working alongside the school to rapidly improve the areas identified within the Ofsted report.

“We are working closely with the school and will be monitoring progress so they are ready for re-inspection. We have also supported the school at a meeting to explain to parents the future plans for improvement and the discussion with the Department for Education to move to academy status.

“Any school judged as inadequate is expected to discuss conversion to academy status, as a national policy.”