Bisham Primary School toasts fresh start at end of year party

James Harrison

A party was held to celebrate a school's 'long but rewarding' journey out of special measures as it looks forward to a fresh start next year.

There had been a cloud over Bisham Primary School since November 2014, when Ofsted rated it ‘Inadequate’ in all areas, highlighting weak teaching and inefficient leadership and governance.

But in March this year the results of a new inspection were published, showing marked improvement in all areas.

The report allowed staff and families to heave a sign of relief and on Thursday, July 21, a party was held to mark the end of term and look ahead to a new year.

Parents, staff and pupils all took the chance to enjoy the sunshine, a coaching session by Wycombe Wanderers FC, music by DJ John Johnny and plenty of burgers and ice cream.

They were also visited by the Deputy Mayor of the Royal Borough, Cllr John Lenton (Con, Horton and Wraysbury).

Mum Paula Sims, whose daughter Samantha, seven, moved to the school from one in Marlow, praised the work done to lead improvement, saying: “When Samantha came here the school was still in special measures, so it was a big decision to go to that.

“But we’ve never looked back.

“It took her a while to stop feeling nervous about coming in because it was new, but the teachers have all been so good.”

She added: “I know it’s had its problems and that’s a shame, but it really is a lovely little school.”

Headteacher Hayley Broad, who joined the school in January from Highfield School, in West Road, Maidenhead, said: “I’m proud of all the children have achieved and thankful for all the hard work of the staff - there’s a real sense of team work and it’s been a long, but rewarding, journey.

“Next we will be looking towards the future of being a ‘Good’ school, embedding everything that we’ve started and ensuring the children have the bets opportunities available to them, both inside and outside the school room.”

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