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Rapid turnaround as school is lifted out of special measures

Pupils, parents and staff at Newtown Primary School are celebrating after the school was judged as good by Ofsted - less than 18 months after being placed in special measures. Photo contributed.

Pupils, parents and staff at Newtown Primary School are celebrating after the school was judged as good by Ofsted - less than 18 months after being placed in special measures. Photo contributed.

Christmas came early for a High Peak school which has received a good rating from Ofsted - just 18 months after being placed in special measures.

In May 2012, the education watchdog placed Newtown Primary School in special measures to address concerns over teaching, pupil’s behaviour and leadership.

But when inspectors visited the school at the end of November, they praised the children’s progress, behaviour and the standard of teaching.

It also highlights the “rapid measures” taken to teaching and learning, adding: “The school provides a safe, happy and harmonious environment where pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is effectively promoted.

“Pupils are well cared for and feel safe in school.”

Acting headteacher Glyn Julian said: “I am really pleased that the report reflects the hard work done over the last 18 months by the head and staff at the school.

“I’ve been really pleased to work with them and see them through this inspection.

“To turn the school around so quickly is a measure of how hard everyone at the school has worked - children, staff, governor’s, parents and the local authority.

“It really is a privilege to work at this school.”

The school is now aiming to build on this success and to work towards an “outstanding” judgement at the next inspection.

 

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