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Spennymoor school placed in special measures appeals against Ofsted report
A PRIMARY school placed in special measures by the Government’s education watchdog is fighting back by challenging a damning report.
Ofsted inspectors described the overall effectiveness of Rosa Street Primary School, in Spennymoor, County Durham, as inadequate.
Inspectors who visited Rosa Street in June felt the school is failing to give pupils an acceptable standard of education and that leaders have not shown the capacity to turn things around.
But the governors dispute many of Ofsted’s findings.
Caroline O’Neill, Durham County Council’s head of education, said: “The governing body at Rosa Street Primary is currently in the process of challenging Ofsted regarding its recent inspection of the school.”
Pupils’ achievement, particularly the youngest or disadvantaged children and those with special needs, was deemed inadequate by inspectors.
“Evidence relating to the attainment and progress of children attending the school indicates the school is providing children with a good quality education.
“The percentage of children achieving the expected level in reading, writing and maths by the time they have left Rosa Street is currently above the national average, which would indicate that this is not a failing school.”
Inspectors felt teaching was not good enough, with poor planning resulting in some pupils struggling while others repeat tasks they can already do. This led to children losing interest and a decline in behaviour in some lessons, they said.
Leadership was considered inadequate, with action to improve pupils’ achievement not sharply focused on specific needs of individuals or groups and not enough decisive action taken to raise standards.
“Consequently, pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics have not improved sufficiently over time”, states the report.
The behaviour and safety of pupils was also said to require improvement.
Ofsted have set out a series of measures the school should take to turn around its fortunes and inspectors will monitor its progress regularly.
Inspectors did highlight some of the school’s strengths.
Strong relationships mean pupils trust adults to look after them well and bullying is rare and enrichment activities during the school day and at afterschool clubs help youngsters’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
The school is awaiting the outcome of its appeal, around half of those made to Ofsted are successful.
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