Primary school closer to being out of special measures

Primary school closer to being out of special measures

James Preston

Primary school closer to being out of special measures

The improved quality of teaching at St Luke's Primary School in Maidenhead has been praised after it moved closer to being taken out of special measures.

The school, in Cookham Road, has been told it is making good progress towards turning itself around and meeting tough improvement targets after Ofsted inspectors identified failings in all assessment areas on a visit in January 2012.

A series of monitoring reports have identified gradual improvements under the guidance of headteacher Amanda Hough, with the latest report, published last month, stating significant steps have been made to improve teaching and pupil progress in English and maths, while behaviour and attendance has also improved.

The report praised work in the early years foundation stage, particularly in developing reading skills, and noted the 'improved attitudes pupils have towards their learning'.

Mrs Hough said it was 'a very exciting time' for the school, describing year six SATs results as 'fantastic' and adding she expected the school to rise up the league tables once the results are validated.

She said a focus on 'quality first teaching' and a committed staff base was helping speed up pupils' progress and understanding.

"It's been a really hard year of being monitored every three or four months and we have put in a lot of hard work to see this come to fruition," she added.

Cllr Phill Bicknell, Royal Borough cabinet member for children's services, said: "The entire school community deserves praise for the marked turn around now recognised by Ofsted and we look forward to continuing improvements in the future."

Another monitoring inspection is expected to take place in the autumn term, and hopes are high the school will be in a position to be rated 'good' by Ofsted next year.

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