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‘We have been able to prove Ofsted wrong’, says departing head

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 15, 2014

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THE head teacher of a Burton school which was placed in special measures says she is ‘delighted’ after year six pupils exceeded their SATs target.

Jean Woolner, who is due to leave Belvedere Junior School in Outwoods Street at the end of the current term, said she always knew what level the pupils were capable of achieving and that Ofsted inspectors did not take her thoughts into consideration.

Mrs Woolner told the Mail: “They felt that the targets we’d set out for the children were too high, and that we were being overly optimistic. They also said that our staff were being too generous as well, but you just have to look at the results achieved by our pupils to see that we weren’t being unrealistic whatsoever.

“We’ve achieved results which are higher than the national average and for a school that was placed in special measures that’s absolutely fantastic.”

In reading and maths, 76 per cent of pupils achieved level four with 68 per cent achieving the same level in writing. The national average for achieving level four in all three areas was 60 per cent.

The school also saw 34 per cent of pupils achieve level five in reading and writing, while the school met the national average with regards to maths, where 30 per cent of pupils achieved level five.

Mrs Woolner added that she hopes the school continues to improve further over the coming years, even though she will no longer be there to oversee the progress being made. It will also being life as an academy in September, having been granted the status after being placed in special measures. Mrs Woolner says that being granted academy status is something that can only benefit pupils in the long run.

She also praised her colleagues for their hard work in helping to turn the school around and for their effort in helping pupils to go above and beyond the expectations laid out by inspectors.

She said: “The results the children achieved are a credit to our staff who always knew what they were capable of. They should look forward to the new term starting in September. Through a lot of hard work and effort we have been able to raise the stanfards in the school and together we have been able to prove Ofsted wrong.”

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