OFSTED has praised the work being undertaken at a Burton school after major concerns were raised following an inspection in January.
Anglesey Primary Academy in Clarence Street was placed in ‘special measures’ after all areas were found to be ‘inadequate’ in a report published in February. It stated that pupils were performing at low standards in reading, writing and maths. It also highlighted poor behaviour standards and that leaders were not doing enough to try and improve the situation.
In a letter to exectutive head teacher Richard Hunter, Ofsted inspector Morag Kophamel said: “In the two months since you were appointed as executive head teacher, you and the acting head of academy and the deputy head teacher have restructured and strengthened the leadership team, including the appointment of two additional assistant head teachers.”
“It was clear from my discussions with you and other senior leaders that together you are determined to ensure that Anglesey Primary Academy is removed from special measures as soon as possible and quickly becomes good.”
It was also noted that leaders now spend more time observing lessons and making regular checks on the work in pupils’ books, which allows for a better understanding of strengths and weaknesses within the teaching. Furthermore it allows them to provide teachers with clear guidance on what they need to improve.
Acting head of the academy Charlotte Hopkins said she was pleased with the improvements the school continues to make
She told the Mail: “We’re really delighted with how the latest monitoring inspection went, and we’re hopeful of repeating that at the next one in July.”
“We have put a lot of work into improving the behaviour of pupils and we have also undetaken a series of new ideas and tecniques to help them progress with their reading and writing.”