School falls from ‘good’ to special measures

Abbey Park Primary School, Illingworth.
Abbey Park Primary School, Illingworth.
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A primary school previously rated as good by inspectors has been put into special measures after its latest Ofsted inspection.

Abbey Park Junior, Infant and Nursery School, Illingworth, was found to be inadequate in three out of four key areas resulting in a an overall assessment that it was inadequate.

The report highlighted several areas needing action and said that school leaders have not focused on checking the quality of teaching as they were required to do.

Inspectors were particularly concerned about the proress of pupils in Key Stage 1.

The reportsaid: “Too many pupils start Key Stage 2 unable to read, write and do mathematics well enough to cope confidently with Key Stage 2 work.

“Teaching is slightly better in Key Stage 2, but teachers have to do lots of work to catch up on lost ground.”

Acting headteacher Susan Barraclough took on the post last year and said she is working hard to turn the school around.

She said: “Parents and the community can be reassured that there is a robust plan in place to tackle these areas.

“The inspection allowed inspectors to see the beginning of a transformation - now we must ensure that standards rise repeatedly and hope progress is accelerated.

“Staff have risen to the challenge and we have every confidence we can turn the school around in a short space of time.”