Ravenswood: School fails to get special measures decision revoked

ravenswood: Staff have today told of their disappointment after their fight against an Ofsted decision to place the school in special measures failed.

Last year, Ravenswood Community Primary School was branded “inadequate” by government inspectors who levelled the blame at senior management for ineffective leadership and a “lack of drive”.

But despite an appeal against the decision, Ofsted has upheld its verdict that the school remains below par.

The inspection also found that pupils’ attainment was much lower than average and progress through Key Stage 2 was unsatisfactory because of “significant weaknesses” in teaching.

However, after the school was placed in special measures, staff vowed to fight the decision through an appeal.

But that bid has been rejected.

Headteacher Marilyn Such said that staff would now work with Suffolk County Council to raise standards at the school.

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She said: “The decision was upheld and the judgement stands.

“We need to work with the local authority on the action points.”

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said that a Local Authority Action Plan had been set for the school.

He said: “Suffolk County Council supports Ravenswood Primary School as it continues to make improvements.

“We are both working to a Local Authority Action Plan agreed by Ofsted to support leadership and improve outcomes for pupils.”

A spokesman for Ofsted said the body was unable to pass comment on individual cases.

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