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Head praised for transforming fortunes of failing school

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 17, 2014

Tower View Primary School, Vancouver Drive, Winshill

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A HEAD teacher has been praised for his role in helping to turn around the fortunes of a failing school.

Pupils were said to enjoy going to Tower View Primary School again thanks largely to the impact of head Andrew Ridout, who was drafted in at the height of its crisis.

The Winshill school plunged into special measures in 2011, and though judged still to require improvements by Ofsted following its latest inspection, it is virtually unrecognisable from when it hit rock bottom three years ago.

Ofsted’s Elaine Long said: “Attainment is rising as a result of strong leadership and effective teamwork. The head teacher is relentless in his drive to improve teaching and raise achievement further.”

The effects of the school’s previous failures have not been completely eradicated, however, with Ofsted noting pupils’ achievement and teaching still needs to improve further.

Mr Ridout said he was slightly disappointed with how teaching was judged, but overall was hugely encouraged by the latest report.

He is not only setting his sights on becoming a ‘good’ school – he is hoping to complete what a couple of years ago would have seemed impossible – achieving a rating of ‘outstanding’.’

He said: “The quality of teaching has gone up and the nice thing for us is that the report said children enjoy coming to school and are proud to come to school.”

Asked what he had done to make such a difference, Mr Ridout said: “The governing body and senior teams have set higher expectations and are tracking pupils’ progress.

“It’s brought a positive feel to the school. I feel we are on our way to becoming a good school and then we want to look further to becoming an outstanding school which I think we can be.”

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