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School aims to exit special measures

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 11, 2014

Springfield Junior School, Swadlincote

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A SCHOOL which was previously judged to be ‘weak’ in teaching and leadership is gradually working its way towards leaving special measures.

Ofsted has published the results of its latest monitoring inspection of Springfield Junior School, in Swadlincote, which plunged into special measures last year.

Inspector John Peckham noted a number of improvements that the school had made, but also made it clear there was still more to be done.

The school was praised for the significant strides that has been taken by its Year Six pupils, with the number of youngsters expected to achieve a the benchmark Level 4 in reading, writing and maths expected to leap from 46 per cent to 60 per cent.

But Ofsted also said some children were suffering from two years of poor standing, and that some had ‘gaps in their knowledge’.

While standards were said to have generally improved, some teachers were criticised for not knowing enough about the subject they were teaching.

The report also said that some parents had made complaints regarding bullying at the school, but added that children were generally happy.

The report said: “The rates of progress that all pupils across the school make from their Key Stage 1 scores have improved but they are still not as good as they should be, and are also likely to be below national averages.

“This is mostly due to a backlog of underachievement from the last two years caused by staff turbulence and poor teaching.”

Head teacher Sue Hughes said: “I think the report acknowledges that there is a lot of hard work going on and we are moving in the right direction. Teaching is improving and behaviour and safety is a real strength of the school.

“We take bullying very seriously and as soon as we know about it we act.”

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