10:18 Wednesday 12 February 2014

School makes good progress and improves

Written byROB SMYTH

A SOUTH Derbyshire school that was placed into special measures is making good progress as staff, pupils and parents work hard to turn its fortunes around.

Pingle School, in Coronation Street, Swadlincote, revealed Ofsted had said it was meeting all milestones set out following a visit by inspectors, who were checking on progress since it was dubbed ‘inadequate’ last year.

Eighty per cent of lessons have now been labelled as ‘good or outstanding’, and punctuality and attendance has greatly improved after new systems were put into place.

A spokesman for the school said: “Following the last Ofsted inspection, the acting head teacher and senior leaders have put in place urgent and well-focused action to address key priorities for improvement.

“The reformed senior leadership team and the support and challenge from the governing body have increased the capacity of the school to sustain improvements over the longer-term.

“There is prompt identification of what is/what is not working and what needs to be done differently; this is leading to ongoing change and improvement.”

Pupils revealed they viewed the quality of school leadership and management as outstanding.

They also revealed that they wanted Saturday morning classes to aid development, and for more advice for non-university routes to be offered.

Parents told inspectors that the school’s sixth form was judged to be a considerable strength.

Acting head teacher Viv Sharples (pictured above) said: “We aim to listen to views of parents and try to support their requests.

“We will monitor homework more closely and act on any concerns raised on an ongoing basis. Please let me know if you do not get satisfaction. “

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