16:27 Tuesday 07 January 2014

Council accused of not supporting struggling school

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

Holy Trinity School, Wetmore Rd Holy Trinity School, Wetmore Rd

A COUNCIL has been accused of not doing enough to support a primary school in Burton which has been told it must improve.

Staffordshire County Council was the target of a scathing attack from Ofsted inspectors following their latest visit to The Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School, in Wetmore Road.

The school was judged to require improvement following an inspection in September and after a recent return to assess what progress was being made, it was the county council who was told it must do better.

The school itself was said to be moving in the right direction since the September visit, but Oftsed said a lack of support from the authority was hindering its progress.

The county council hit back at the claims, insisting ensuring children get the best education was its ‘number one priority’.

Ofsted inspector Roy Bowers said: “The local authority has been slow to react to the findings of the last inspection where the school was judged to require improvement.

“The school has received very little support to date and has relied on advice and guidance from an independent external consultant.

“Local authority support is essential if the school is to get to good by the time of the next inspection.”

The school had been told achievement of its pupils, quality of teaching and leadership and management all required improvement after the original inspection.

During the intervening three-month period, the chairman of the school’s governing body has been replaced, and various improvements are gradually being implemented, Ofsted said.

The county council’s education chief Ben Adams said: “We are already supporting the school in a number of areas and we will continue to work closely with an external consultant, the Headteacher, and governing body at the school until the highest standards are achieved.”

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