Castle View Primary faces future

7 October 2013

An action plan is in place to improve standards at Castle View Primary School following a visit by Government education inspectors.

Two Ofsted inspectors visited the school in School Road, Matlock, and found positives including:

  • children are taught well and make good progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • pupils are friendly and welcoming and behaviour has improved
  • the new headteacher is fully aware of the strengths and weaknesses of the school and has quickly identified where improvement is needed and is beginning to bring it about.

But inspectors placed the school in special measures to address weaknesses in learning, teaching and leadership since the last inspection.

Staff and governors have been working closely with us to raise standards.

Headteacher Clare Peat, who was appointed in April this year, said:

"We're obviously disappointed to be in special measures but we're confident the issues highlighted in the report can and will be rapidly put right so all our pupils get the best possible education.

"We've already done a lot of work which is raising standards and during the inspection good and outstanding teaching was observed.

"We're building on our strengths so we provide a first-rate learning experience across the board."

Councillor Jim Coyle, our Deputy Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:

"Our education advisors are going to continue to work closely with the school's headteacher and governors to drive up standards."

The school, which has 125 pupils aged three to 11, was inspected for two days in July.

Inspectors recommended that the school:

  • improves lesson planning so all pupils are set work that keeps them learning at a good pace
  • develops the role of the senior leadership team
  • ensures the school development plan includes sufficiently rigorous targets and that these are progressed effectively to sustain improvement.

Chair of Governors Sarah Bradnock said:

"We've got a clear understanding of improvements to be made and are making sure changes happen quickly and effectively.

"We've looked closely at the points raised by the report and will do everything necessary to put recommendations in place to continue driving up standards."


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