School placed in special measures is tackling problems

A Great Cornard school judged to be falling below teaching standards is working hard to solve its problems.

As education regulators Ofsted revealed that a third of primary pupils in Suffolk attend schools deemed to be “satisfactory” or “inadequate”, the headteacher of Pot Kiln Primary School has said she is turning things around.

The school is one of only four across the county in special measures – a category for schools failing to apply acceptable levels of education.

“We are working very hard to rectify the difficulties we have encountered and to come out of special measures,” said headteacher Wilma Hyde.

The school, which is attended by around 200 children, was placed into the category following an inspection in October, 2011.

It found that significant improvement was required in a range of areas for the school to meet national standards.

The school has since had a number of short-notice visits from inspectors and these have shown progress is being made. Had the poor performance continued, the school could have been closed.

Mrs Hyde, who has taught at the school for six years, said she agreed with Ofsted’s findings, which came during a period of high staff absence.

“It was a fair judgement and we had a number of difficulties,” she said.

“We had already identified things that needed to be done and are now moving forward.”

Figures released by Ofsted this week showed that 75 per cent of secondary schools in Suffolk were good or outstanding.