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Improvement plan in place after school fails Ofsted inspection
5:22pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
A WEST Dorset primary school has been placed into special measures by Ofsted.
A major programme of improvements is underway at St Mary’s Primary School in Beaminster after Government inspectors said that changes must be made.
Ofsted decided that the primary school should be placed in ‘special measures’, as it felt that pupils were not receiving an acceptable standard of education.
It comes after an inspection in June.
Acting headteacher Teri Goodinson said: “We are disappointed that St Mary’s has been put in to special measures, but are doing everything we can to address the issues raised by Ofsted and are confident that we can turn the school around.”
The school is being supported by Dorset County Council to improve the quality of the leadership and management, and raise the quality of teaching and learning.
It is also seeking to reduce pupil absence and improve pupils’ personal development and behaviour.
Staff and governors have already begun to make a number of improvements including teacher development, improving pupil attendance and more robust anti-bullying procedures.
Mrs Goodinson added: “We know that we have some way to go.
“But I can assure parents that staff and governors are deeply committed to making the necessary changes and have a robust plan of action to make sure that we rapidly improve our standards.”
Despite the special measures placing, Ofsted identified a number of strengths during the school’s inspection.
Inspectors said that:
• children in the reception class settle into school well, improve their communication and language skills quickly and make good progress by the time they move into year one.
• the school organises a variety of visits and visitors that give pupils a good understanding of the local area as well as opportunities to become involved in community events.
• pupils with disabilities and special educational needs are well cared for and make good progress.
A team from Ofsted will be visiting the school regularly to assess progress against the school’s action plan.
St Mary’s CE VA Primary School has 151 pupils on roll and teaches children aged four to 11.
The Ofsted report and St Mary’s development plan can be found on the 'policies' page of the school’s website at stmarysbeaminster.dorset.sch.uk
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