‘Reasonable progress’ at crisis-hit Washacre Primary School
A SCHOOL judged to have serious weaknesses remains “steadfast” in its ambition to raise the quality of teaching and achievement for all pupils, according to education watchdogs.
Ofsted inspectors found that troubled Washacre Primary School in Westhoughton — which in December, 2011, had its SATs results cancelled after an investigation into the way the exams were conducted — is making “reasonable progress towards the removal of the serious weaknesses” tag which it was given last winter after it was marked as inadequate.
An interim executive board remains in charge of the school, while its governing body is suspended.
But an Ofsted monitoring visit of the school found that the school was moving forward.
Inspector Eileen Mulgrew reported: “Since my last visit you have remained steadfast in your ambition to raise the quality of teaching and improve achievement for all pupils at Washacre.”
The decline in pupils’ achievement overall was said to have been halted and rates of progress were said to have accelerated across the school.
Washacre has had “significant” investment to buy more resources, including having the books they need for reading and the equipment necessary for maths.
Ms Mulgrew said: “Pupils’ achievement is improving because teachers are keen to improve their practice and welcome advice and guidance to do so.
“The local authority has invested time, energy and funds in supporting the school.”
Headteacher Jenny Haunch thanks staff, parents and pupils for their hard work.
She added: “I am very proud to work at Washacre Primary School. The school is celebrating a marked improvement in the provisional results for key stage one and key stage 2, compared to the previous year. The school continues to work hard to improve standards and will continue to address any areas of weakness”.
Carl Messenger, school business manager, added: “The reputation of Washacre Primary School has been turned around due to the hard work and dedication of the staff and the leadership of the headteacher.
“As a result, the number of pupils attending the school has increased, with our Early Years provision being almost full with 30 nursery children for the first time in the schools history.
“As a result of demand in Westhoughton, the school has been working in partnership with the LEA to deliver nursery places for two-year-olds from January, 2014.”
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