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newportprimaryEducation watchdog Ofsted has this week said that the Isle of Wight Council’s statement of action to bring Newport Primary School out of special measures is not fit for purpose.

The report found that the school has made some progress in recent months including monitoring pupil progress more closely and investing in new books for students, however the statement of action to bring the school out of special measures imposed by the inspectors earlier this year is simply not good enough.

The acting headteacher of the Hazel Close school, Jerry Seward, has this afternoon reacted to the news by saying:

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“We are very pleased to have spent a productive day with Her Majesty’s Inspector which was both supportive and challenging. The Inspector recognised that the new leadership of the school has an accurate view of the school’s weaknesses and that significant changes have already taken place to support the progress of all pupils. The school’s increased expectations on the quality of teaching and learning, appropriately linked to national standards, have contributed to these developments.

“The Inspector agrees with the school’s view that the inherited action plan was in need of further development and these developments, in addition to a range of urgent improvements, have already been incorporated into the school’s more robust and quantified revised action plan. The Governing Body has responded swiftly to the report by establishing an external review of the school’s governance, and is undertaking both re-organisation and training under the new leadership of Rev. Kevin Arkell, Chair of Governors.

“The Special Measures Monitoring Inspection Report marks the early stages of a challenging period for the school. We are pleased that it recognises that the school has already established a firm foundation from which to continue to build. However, there is still much to do as the Governors, School Leaders, Teachers, Parents and Pupils work together over the next year to make the sustained improvements in Teaching and Learning which will bring the school out of special measures, and ensure the best possible progress and attainment for our children.”

Speaking in support of the school, Cllr Chris Whitehouse, the local ward councillor for Newport West says:

“It is very heartening that the Ofsted Inspectors saw the hard work of the Leadership Team in action, acknowledging that in only a few weeks of involvement the personnel from Christ the King are having a real and beneficial impact. Well done to Mr Seaward and his colleagues. Parents can have every hope for further speedy improvements.”

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