Ofsted in call for more improvement

Newtown Primary has been placed in special measures.
Newtown Primary has been placed in special measures.

OFSTEd have found that a High Peak school is not making enough progress towards its removal from ‘special measures’, according to a new report.

It follows a monitoring inspection recently carried out at Newtown Primary School, New Mills to see how much progress had been made since March.

Ofsted had called on the school to: raise achievement in reading, writing and maths so that by July 2013 attainment at the end of Year 6 is at least in line with national averages; improve the quality of teaching and pupils’ behaviour; improve curriculum planning and improve the effectiveness of leadership and management.

The monitoring report said important changes to teachers’ planning, managing pupils’ behaviour and assessing pupils’ progress had been made.

“These actions have the potential to raise standards and hold teachers’ to account but, to date, they are not having a sufficiently positive impact in eliminating weaknesses, particularly in teaching and learning,” said the report.

Headteacher Sarah Butterworth said: “All staff and governors are committed to improving standards at Newtown Primary and although we’re disappointed with this report we value the guidance to help us improve.”

“We’re pleased with the positive comments we’ve received from parents and regular visitors about the progress and changes made so far and we’ll be taking comments from the monitoring visit on board to build on our improvement plan.

“There’s been significant disruption to staffing at Newtown Primary in recent years and we’re looking forward to recruiting two new permanent teachers very soon. We’re sure this will strengthen our team further.

“Now we’re looking ahead to our next monitoring visit in the new year. By making sure pupils and learning are at the heart of our future plans we’re determined to really make a difference in all we do.”

Parents have been invited to a meeting with staff, governors and representatives from Derbyshire County Council to hear more about the school’s plans for improvement and how it plans to address issues raised in the latest report.

The meeting will be held in the school hall on Monday, October 22,at 7pm.