A PRIMARY school forced into special measures back in 2011 is now making ‘good’ progress under new leadership, watchdogs have revealed.
Ofsted made its fifth inspection of Tower View Primary School, in Winshill, back in July since it was placed in special measures and has now published its findings.
The encouraging report said progress since the previous inspection had been good and gave the nod for newly qualified teachers to be appointed at the Vancouver Drive school.
Ofsted’s David Anstead, who carried out the latest inspection, said improvements had been made in the quality of teaching and in the leadership and management of the school.
He said: “The head teacher and senior leaders accurately diagnose strengths and weaknesses in the quality of teaching.
“Training is provided to tackle the weaknesses identified, and it is followed up with regular monitoring.
“Most teaching observed during this inspection was good. The lessons seen were well planned and the work given to pupils generally challenged the range of abilities in the class at an appropriate level.
“Governors know the school’s strengths and weaknesses well and are instrumental in driving improvement.”
The report showed that parents at the school are recognising how much the school has improved in the last two years.
One told inspectors that they were ‘absolutely thrilled’ with the progress of the school since head teacher Andrew Ridout was appointed.
The school received the results of the 2013 tests taken by Year 6 pupils during the inspection.
Mr Anstead said: “Early analysis shows that the trend of improvement evident in previous monitoring visits has been translated into better test scores this summer.”
Year 6 pupils have made ‘outstanding’ progress over the last year in mathematics, according to the inspector, and ‘good’ progress in reading and writing.
“However, given how far behind where they should have been at the start of the year, this was only enough to reach the national averages in reading and mathematics,” Mr Anstead said.
Behaviour and attitudes to learning seen during the visit were all said to be good.
As a result of the continued improvement, the local authority is ‘reducing the extent of support it and the executive head teacher provide’ as the school is ‘demonstrating the capacity to improve further by itself’.