School celebrates as special measures come to an end

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A SCHOOL is celebrating its removal from special measures following an Ofsted report.

Christ Church Pellon CofE Primary School was found to be failing in September 2009.

But, following publication of a fifth monitoring visit, the school is now operating satisfactorily.

“Effective action has been taken by leaders to tackle the weaknesses identified,” said the report.

“Consequently, stronger aspects of the school’s work have been sustained, while other key aspects, particularly pupils’ behaviour, achievement and quality of teaching have improved.”

Ofsted recommendations going forward include raising standards further in English and maths, attendance and teaching quality. The inspectors found a positive attitude of senior teachers had been the main platform for the improvements.

Head teacher Helen York said the whole school community was pleased with the removal from special measures, and efforts to improve further would be continued.

“The whole school community has put an awful lot of work in and it has been a real team effort,” she said.

“We recognise there is still work to be done and we look forward to making even more progress in the next two years.”

The improvement in pupils’ behaviour and recognition for the work of the management team had been particulary pleasing, she said.