A JUNIOR school which had been placed in special measures has made major improvements, according to its head teacher.
Belvedere Junior School, in Outwoods Street, Burton, has achieved good progress since education inspectors raised concerns about the school in February 2012, the latest monitoring report on the school has said.
Pupils at the school now achieve higher standards in reading, writing and mathematics, the quality of teaching had improved, pupils’ behaviour remained good and the senior leadership team had been strengthened, the report said.
After being placed in special measures executive head teacher Jean Woolner was parachuted in to turn round its ailing fortunes.
A new deputy head teacher and acting maths co-ordinator also started this month at the school.
Mrs Woolner the Mail: “Things are really going well so we are very pleased but we are not resting on any laurels.
“Progress within the school year-on-year in fantastic but our challenge is to narrow the gap so that attainment meets expectations.
“Everybody wants us to succeed and the feeling is that we are on the right path.
“It was never a failing school it had just lost its way slightly.
“What I have seen is that there is no inadequate teaching at all there is only good and outstanding teaching.
“We have a very strong governing body which has really helped in driving the school forward.”
The school was branded inadequate due to its teaching as pupils were under achieving and too many pupils were making insufficient progress in mathematics and writing.
Mark Sims, who is the latest inspector to visit the school, compiled the latest report after an inspection in July.
He observed the school’s work, scrutinised documents and met Mrs Woolner, groups of pupils and the vice chairman of the governing body.
His inspection focused on issues which had been identified for improvement at the previous inspection.
In the report, which has just been published, he said it was not possible to see regular lessons as the visit took place at the end of the school year when pupils were taking part in other activities.
Instead, he carried out an extensive review of pupil’s books from all year groups.
He said pupils had been positive about improvements in teaching, attendance continued to improve and there had been ‘rigorous monitoring’ of teaching at the school.
But he said there is still some room for improvement as standards remained low in English and maths for some pupils – although these are higher than in 2012 – and previous weak teaching meant some pupils had not made enough progress in reading, writing and maths.