Belton school put in special measures

PUBLISHED: 12:03 23 December 2012

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A PRIMARY school has been put into special measures after education chiefs classed it “inadequate”.

Moorlands C of E in Belton was placed in the category by Ofsted inspectors who told staff they needed to make improvements after they found a number of failings on their last visit.

A report into the school said many pupils were not reaching their potential, disabled students and those with special education needs made “very little progress” and teaching was inadequate.

The report added: “The capacity for bringing about necessary improvements at a rapid rate is weak. Not enough has been done to tackle weaknesses in teaching.

“The head teacher cannot do this on her own, especially as she is teaching for over half the week. There is no deputy head teacher and almost all the senior leaders are new to their roles.”

Governors were also criticised for not having a “good understanding” of how pupils are doing and not ensuring pupils are safe at all times. The report urged for pupil safety and wellbeing to be addressed “urgently” by making sure padlocks are used on gates.

Inspectors also said behaviour needed improvement as “teachers do not expect enough of pupils” but they also praised certain aspects.

They congratulated the “polite, helpful and thoughtful” pupils who “enjoy school” and commended the nursery where children do well thanks to good teaching and strong links between parents and staff.

Through special measures the school will receive regular monitoring visits.

But Moorlands head teacher Denise Jackson said since inspectors visited in October the school had started to make improvements, with one example being its “tracking system” that allows parents access to their child’s achievements.

She added: “Our leadership team, which includes the governors, also have regular meetings to monitor children’s progress and we’re working with the local authority to access all available training and support.

“Parents can be assured we’re doing all we can to help our youngsters achieve their full academic potential, and continue our work help them to develop into responsible, confident and considerate young people.”

Mrs Jackson said: “Everyone at our school is ambitious and determined to see the school improve.”

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