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ofstedNewport Church of England Primary School has been removed from special measures by Ofsted, it has been announced.

An inspection in April 2013 found the school was under performing, resulting in the Hazel Close school being placed into special measures. Now, just over 2 years later, Ofsted have found in a recent inspection that the school has made significant improvements.

Maxine Gray, Interim Headteacher said:

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“This [news] is testament to the hard work of the whole school community. The report highlights a lot of good practice at the school, particularly in the early years and is a useful document in helping the school to continue its journey to becoming a good school”.

Simon Richards, Chair of Governors said:

“Having special measures removed is a tremendous achievement for everyone at the school and we can all feel proud about the improvements that have been made. However, this is not the end of the journey and we are clear about the challenges we face to move the school to a good judgement and onwards to outstanding.

“We are continuing to work collaboratively with the local authority and other schools as part of the strategy to improve the standard of education across the island”.

The report is due to be published this week and will be available to view at

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