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Darwen primary must do better in actions to improve
6:00pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
A DARWEN school criticised after an inspection earlier this year has been told it has not taken effective action to rectify the problems.
St Barnabas Primary School was visited by Ofsted inspectors in June and was told it ‘required improvement’.
A monitoring inspection was carried out recently that said ‘senior leaders and governors are not taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement identified at the recent inspection’.
However, school bosses said they were happy with their progress and were confident of improving their rating at their next inspection.
The inspector said the school needed to take immediate action to review and improve the quality of teaching, provide better support for the ‘early years foundation stage leader’ and ensure governers take responsibility for ‘planning their own course of actions to enable them to improve their effectiveness’.
Inspector Joanne Olsson told the school: “You have been busy since the inspection and have made positive strides in tackling some of the weaknesses identified in the inspection report.
“However, not all of your work has been effective enough to make a real difference to the quality of teaching.”
Deputy headteacher Helen Thomas said there were positives to take from the report.
She said: “We are very confident we are well on the way to a good next time round. Our end-of-year Key Stage Two results were much better, as we predicted, so we are well above targets.
“We have a new and enthusiastic team after a few people left through retirements and things like that and the governers are very pleased with our progress.”
Meanwhile, a visit to Sudell Primary School in the town found that leaders had taken effective action since receiving a ‘requires improvement’ rating in September.
However, the school has been advised to take further action to improve the governing body Inspector Joanne Olsson said: “You are taking the inspection findings very seriously and have hit the ground running.”
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