THE head teacher of a South Derbyshire school says that she is delighted with its latest Ofsted report, despite further improvements required.
Sue Hughes said she has welcomed the news that Springfield Junior School in Springfield Road, Swadlincote, is no longer in special measures, and that staff can now focus on achieving a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ report at their next inspection in at least 18 months’ time.
She added that a number of issues flagged during the last report had since been addressed and that staff are working as a team to help pupils achieve their required targets. Lead inspector John Peckham drew particular attention to children in years five and six, who were considered to be making insignifcant progress since joining the school due to a number of disruptions in teaching over the last two years. As a result they were missing out on key elements of understanding.
However Mrs Hughes told the Mail: “I do not want my parents to think there are problems with children in year five. It’s been an excellent team effort and we’re actually proud of the report and the improvements we’re making.
“At the time of our last report we had a number of ongoing problems, for example we had four members of staff on maternity lead, and we’re working through a backlog to try and correct them.
“We’ve got our next inspection in 18 to 24 months time and we’re hoping to be good our outstanding in all areas.
Inspectors did acknowledge that ‘the quality of the teaching in English and mathematics is now good in nearly all classes’ and that teaching assistants were being used effectively to support pupils’ learning. Mrs Hughes added: “We just need to find that consistency in all areas.
“We’re supported by an excellent governing body and we’ve got high expectations with the new curriculum and everyone is up for the challenge.”