Rastrick school quickly out of special measures

A PRIMARY school which was branded a failure in January last year has now been removed from “special measures”.

It clears the way for Field Lane Primary, at Rastrick, to become an academy in September.

According to Ofsted inspector Christopher Keeler the rapid turnaround in the schools’s fortunes is due to good leadership and management at all levels.

“Headteacher Lynda Johnson is very focused on securing improvements and has successfully developed a strong sense of teamwork between leaders and staff.

“The Interim Executive Board holds the school to account well and is making a positive contribution to its development.”

There are 145 pupils at the school in Burnsall Road and the percentage eligible for free school meals is nearly double the national average.

Most children begin with knowledge and skills that are well below those expected for their age.

Following the latest inspection, Field Lane has been found to provide a satisfactory quality of education for its pupils.

“Pupils’ achievement is satisfactory and rising and the gap in terms of previous attainment and that achieved by schools nationally has narrowed significantly,” according to Mr Keeler.

Chairman of the governors, Brian Beal, said: “Everyone has worked so hard to bring about these improvements - and we all look forward to continued progress and success for our school and community.”