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Primary is taken out of special measures
5:00pm Saturday 14th September 2013 in News
A PRIMARY school criticised over results and leadership has been taken out of special measures amid praise by Ofsted inspectors.
Grange Primary School in Banbury was rated inadequate and put in special measures following an inspection in March last year.
The Avocet Way school was “failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education”, particularly in English and maths, Ofsted said.
Leaders were “not demonstrating the capacity to secure the necessary improvement” and assessments were not used correctly.
Now the inspectorate has moved the school’s inadequate rating to good on a scale of inadequate, requires improvement, good and outstanding.
A July inspection found it had “improved considerably” under “strong and stable leadership” and school leaders “rigorously monitor teaching”.
Lessons are well planned, teaching is “typically good” and pupils make “good progress” in reading, writing and maths, it said.
It added: “Strong, stable and effective leadership at all levels is the main reason why the school has improved considerably since the previous inspection.”
Yet it said teachers “miss some opportunities” to further pupils’ knowledge and progress in writing is not as fast as in reading and maths.
Glyn Roberts was head at the 2012 inspection but was on long-term sick leave when Ofsted visited.
Headteacher Bev Boswell said: “We are delighted. To go from special measures into a good category is really a brilliant achievement.
“It was clear to me that the school has done a lot of work to improve.”
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