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Claydon: We will do better, say school heads after being told by Ofsted inspectors that they must improve

PUBLISHED: 11:59 22 March 2013

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BOSSES at Claydon Primary School today vowed to make improvements after they achieved poor results in their latest Ofsted report.

The school in Lancaster Way was graded as ‘requiring improvement’ during a visit from inspectors at the end of January, which came just a few months after Claydon High School was given the same rating.

Inspectors singled out the achievement of pupils, quality of the teaching and the leadership and management as the school’s weaker areas – but the behaviour of pupils was graded as good.

Because of changes to Ofsted’s grading guidelines, the primary school and high school will both be subjected to visits within two years and, if improvements are not made, could be plunged into special measures.

But Mary Ashcroft and Gary Pilkington, the headteachers at Claydon Primary School, are confident the inspectors will see a big change at the site when they next visit.

In a statement, they said: “We are pleased that Ofsted recognised that the school is ambitious to improve and there is a positive atmosphere in the school, supported by well behaved pupils.

“We acknowledge that there are issues for improvement and we will fully understand our strengths and weaknesses and actions required to improve.

“Ofsted recognised this and identified it as a strength of the school.

“Working closely with and accountable to the governing body, we are continuing with our planned actions to raise the quality of teaching and pupil attainment.”

Claydon High School’s Ofsted report was released in December and inspectors visited again in January to check on progress at the school.

Inspector John Mitcheson said the school was working hard to make improvements with additional tutors being appointed to provide one-to-one support in mathematics.

Mr Mitcheson also said governors now have a clearer understanding of how they need to support and challenge senior leaders.

The Star attempted to contact bosses at Claydon High School but they were unavailable for comment.


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