SENIOR teachers at a South Derbyshire school have released details of changes being made after it was placed into ‘special measures’ by education watchdogs.
The Pingle School, in Coronation Street, Swadlincote, has informed parents of a host of alterations being put in place in a bid to improve standards.
It was also revealed that education body Oftsed have now visited the school and given an update on its progress since handing out a damning verdict on several areas of the site earlier this year.
Acting head teacher Viv Sharples saod: “You will be aware that we have made a lot of changes since our Ofsted inspection in May.
“Our new governing body will meet fortnightly to look at our progress in terms of four key areas: progress, quality of teaching, behaviour and leadership and management.
“In order to bring about the most rapid improvements, we have made sure all teachers are setting three learning outcomes each lesson, linked to levels or grades to ensure students aim high.
“Each student has a ‘flight path’, showing expected progress and this is tracked with regular assessments.
“Intervention will be put in place for students who need it and there is additional funding for support for students in free school meals, children in care and forces families.
“Things do not always miraculously change overnight, so please bear with us if you feel there are still things we need to work on.
“We had an Ofsted monitoring visit to check on the progress we are making.
“We need to improve the school plan and local authority plan so they are more in line and work has already commenced on this.
“The overwhelming message, however, was that we are on the right track and have a lot to be proud of.”
A preview of the report stated: “The acting head teacher has had a positive impact since her appointment and improvements in many aspects of school life are apparent. There is a clear sense of direction and a strong commitment to improvement.”