12:28PM, Thursday 28 April 2016
A headteacher has praised the work of staff and parents who lifted her school out of special measures and has vowed to fight to keep raising standards there.
Hayley Broad, head of school at Bisham Primary, was speaking after it was confirmed last week the school had been taken out of special measures for the first time since 2014.
The 33-year-old, a former pupil at Newlands Girls’ School, in Farm Road, Maidenhead, took over the position in January, ahead of the Ofsted inspection in March that resulted in the news.
Speaking about the decision, she said: “I think the whole school community has responded with real teamwork and effort since the last inspection.
“We will continue to work together to improve the school experience and outcomes for pupils.
“I think our next course of action is to keep embedding all the good practices that the inspectors saw when they were here, such as improving the quality of teaching, maintaining the calm and purposeful atmosphere that’s been created and continuing improvements in behaviour.”
She added: “I was very much attracted to the post. Obviously, I’ve grown up in Maidenhead and I’ve been aware of the history of the school, but I was also excited by the opportunity that the school presented and I knew about the great foundation that it had and I saw the great potential that it had.”
Seven pupils have been allocated places at the school for the next academic year and there are 48 children on the roll.*
Mrs Broad added she thought there had been an increase in interest from parents following the release of the report.
*This report previously stated there were 92 children on the roll. This was due to incorrect information on the Ofsted website.
Bisham School timeline:
May 2012: Ofsted report published, rating the school ‘good’ in all areas, praising standards of management, leadership and teaching, as well as behaviour.
November 2014: Just two years after its previous inspection, Ofsted’s next assessment found the school to be ‘Inadequate’ in all areas, highlighting weak teaching and inefficient leadership and governance.
This led to a rebuttal by then headteacher Jim Cooke who had been at the school since 1985. He claimed there were 56 inaccuracies in the report.
Mr Cooke was then removed by the Royal Borough and an interim appointment made.
February 2015: A candlelit vigil was held outside Maidenhead Town Hall, in St Ives Road, by the Bisham Parents Action Group, demanding the reinstatement of Mr Cooke.
March 2016: A new inspection by Ofsted took the school out of special measures, rating it as ‘requires Improvement’ in all areas except early years provision, which was graded as ‘good’.
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