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Primary is put in special measures after critical report
10:00am Thursday 24th May 2012 in News
A BANBURY primary school has been placed into special measures after a critical report by inspectors.
The Grange Primary School, in Avocet Way, was told children made inadequate progress in reading, writing and mathematics following an Ofsted inspection in March. The results have just been made public.
Inspector Sonja Joseph said: “Too much teaching is inadequate and not enough is good or better. Assessment information is not used effectively enough to secure an accurate view of pupils’ current attainment.”
Phonics were not always taught rigorously or accurately, and the curriculum was inadequate, failing to develop children’s basic literacy and numeracy skills.
Ms Joseph added: “The leadership of teaching and management of performance have not been consistently effective or appropriately focused.
“A lack of direction by senior leaders has contributed to a decline in standards.”
When the inspection took place, headteacher Glyn Roberts was on long-term sick leave.
Deputy Jude Barratt, who has stepped in as acting headteacher, said in a joint statement with chairman of governors Keith Cook: “Good progress is already being made to implement the necessary improvements, with staff having already received training in phonics, safeguarding and effective marking.
“Our primary aim is to enhance our pupils’ learning experiences and enable them to achieve their full potential.”
The statement added: “The Grange looks forward to this exciting period of whole school development under fresh and highly motivated leadership.”