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Spalding school in special measures is confident it can improve rapidly

Spalding Parish Church of England Primary is in special measures following a visit from the education inspectorate, Ofsted.

An inspection in November judged the Clay Lake school 'inadequate', although its early years provision was rated 'good'.

But school leaders say the school has already embarked on its turnaround and the Rev John Bennett, vice chairman of governors, says Ofsted's report doesn't include latest verified data which shows how much the school has improved.

Spalding Parish Church of England Day School is in special measures following an Ofsted inspection. (070119-2)
Spalding Parish Church of England Day School is in special measures following an Ofsted inspection. (070119-2)

Among 12 weaknesses highlighted by Oftsed were:

* Leaders too slow to respond to pupils' low attainment and poor progress

* Pupils not making adequate progress in writing, reading or maths

* Too few pupils attain the expected standard in the Year 1 phonics check and Year 2 recheck

Inspectors mention key strengths, saying there is "a secure and effective culture of safeguarding at the school" and "children are well taught and cared for in the early years - adults have high expectations, and children achieve well".

Mr Bennett said: "I am disappointed by OFSTED's overall verdict on the school.

"The inspection came a few weeks before the verified data for the 2017/18 academic year was published, which showed how the school is improving, and the report does not take account of how far things have come since the summer of 2017."

Acting head Diane Mulley said the school feels confident that, with local authority support, it will "improve rapidly".

Mrs Mulley said: "All of the aspects identified for improvement by Ofsted had been identified by school leaders as key priorities for improvement, with action plans in place.

"As such work has already begun on making these crucial improvements.

"The outcomes for 2018 evidence that the gap between school and national figures, at the end of Key Stage 2, is beginning to close, particularly in terms of attainment in all individual areas and also when looking at the subjects of reading, writing and maths combined.

"This needs to continue to improve and is a key area for improvement within the school's improvement planning.

"Ofsted did recognise some of the many positive aspects of our school including our polite and courteous pupils of whom we are exceptionally proud.

"We are very pleased that the quality and strength of the early years provision for the youngest pupils in our school, for whom outcomes are good, was fully recognised.

"We were also pleased that Ofsted acknowledged and were positive about the improvements implemented since September 2018, including the new assessment system and revised and updated curriculum.

"They also recognised that leaders are ambitious and keen to make a positive difference.

"There is a very clear mandate for improvement and, as a school, we are confident that outcomes will continue to improve and all children will meet their potential."


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