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Head’s work is praised as governors confirm ‘plans are in place’ for a replacement

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 02, 2014

  • River View Primay School, Stapenhill

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GOVERNORS at a Burton school say that they are happy with the action being taken to improve as the process continues to replace her.

Riverview Primary School in Suffolk Road, Stapenhill was told that it requires improvement following an inspection in March. The report cited a ‘legacy of weaker teaching’ as the reason for its findings however in a follow up inspection plans outlined by head teacher Christine Bell have been praised by Ofsted.

Despite the promising signs, it was also noted that Mrs Bell is due to leave her position at the end of the summer term, with the search for a new head teacher continuing. In a letter addressed to the school from inspector Jacqueline Wordsworth, it was noted that governors are currently seeking an interim head teacher to work at the school until December 2014 after two previous recruitment campaigns failed to result in a permanent appointment.

A statement issued to the Mail by school stated: “Governors’ are pleased to note that the HMI have recognised that effective action is being taken and plans are in place to rapidly bring about improvement. They are in the process of recruiting a new Head Teacher to replace Mrs Bell.”

In the section 8 monitoring report, regarding progress being made at the school, Jacqueline Wandsworth said current procedures were encouraging. She said: “You have responded well to the areas for improvement identified in your recent inspection report and with the support of the local authority, you have developed a well-focused action plan concentrating on what needs most improvement.

“Actions within the school improvement plan are precise and focused. The plan indicates how teaching is to be improved and how pupils are to be helped to make faster progress.”

“The actions that have been taken since the inspection are beginning to help pupils, particularly the most able and those known to be eligible for free school meals, to make faster progress.”

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