Active Learning Trust OFSTED Press Release
9 January 2017
Attention: News Desks
For immediate release
Burrowmoor Primary School taken out of special measures
Inspectors praise school’s leadership for improvement in core subjects
Burrowmoor Primary School, part of the Active Learning Trust, has been taken out of special measures following a recent Ofsted inspection.
The school’s early years’ provision was graded as ‘Good’, while new Headteacher Susan Dobbs was credited with “establishing a culture of high expectation, respect and tolerance.”
Ms Dobbs, along with Executive Head Jason Wing and the school governors, were praised for demonstrating “effective leadership.”
Inspectors also highlighted “marked improvements to the teaching of reading, writing and mathematics across the school,” and noted Year 6 pupils’ attainment in these areas is “above average.”
The March school has been upgraded to ‘Requires Improvement’.
The report praised both staff and children, saying teachers “demonstrate a determination to improve the education of pupils,” and that pupil behaviour in the school is good. It was also noted that children “typically work hard and try to do their best.”
Inspectors felt that “pupils’ confidence and resilience had developed well” since the last inspection.
The report comes 18 months after Burrowmoor was put into special measures and follows a number of progressively positive monitoring inspections.
Ms Dobbs, who joined the school in September, said: “As Headteacher, I am delighted that the hard work and dedication of the staff, pupils, parents and community at Burrowmoor has been recognised and that the school is now officially out of special measures.
“I would like to thank our Executive Headteacher Jason Wing and our colleagues across the Active Learning Trust for their continued support and belief in our school.
“At Burrowmoor we are embracing this success as a firm foundation for the future as we continue on our journey to excellence, through continuing to provide the best possible education for our children.”
Executive Headteacher, Mr Wing, commented: “It has been a pleasure to work with the Senior Leadership Team of Burrowmoor Primary School and most recently Ms Dobbs. I have been impressed with how quickly the school has come out of special measures and this is testament to the hard work and commitment of the staff and pupils.”
Chief Executive of the Active Learning Trust, Gary Peile, said:
“I am very pleased that the inspectors saw the many positive changes implemented by the team at Burrowmoor, enabling the school to come out of special measures in very good time.
“We look forward with great optimism that the work of Susan Dobbs and her team will embed the excellent progress seen since September and that the results at the school, which are already very good, will continue to improve.”
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