School taken out of special measures

THERE were celebrations at Gooseacre Primary in Thurnscoe after Ofsted inspectors announced the school has been taken out of special measures.

A two-day inspection last month judged the overall effectiveness of the school to be ‘good’, while executive headteacher Sarah Creighton and her management team were rated as “outstanding.”

The school had spent more than a year in special measures after an Ofsted inspection in March 2011 ruled there had been a “failure to give students an acceptable standard of education.”

But Mrs Creighton welcomed the latest report and said there was cause to celebrate. She said: “I am delighted for the whole of the school community that Gooseacre has been removed from special measures. It reflects the hard work of everyone associated with the school in ensuring the children who attend Gooseacre School are provided with the best educational opportunities.”

In her inspection report, HMI Wendy Ripley noted students were making at least “good progress” in all 11 lessons she observed.

Improvements in the quality and consistency of teaching had also led to a marked rise in outcomes for pupils at key stages 1 and 2.

The inspector said: “The clear and decisive direction and outstanding leadership provided by the executive headteacher, head of school and Interim Executive Board has secured rapid improvement.

“The leadership of teaching and learning and the management of performance are outstanding.

“Consequently, Gooseacre now provides its pupils with a good quality, well-rounded educational experience and an equal opportunity to do well.”

Chair of Governors, Brian Key, said: “The Interim Executive Board will ensure that the momentum for improvement continues at the school.”