School ordered to improve

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A PRIMARY school has been found to be failing its pupils after a two-day inspection by Ofsted.

The team found that pupils at Barrow Hill Primary, Chesterfield, were not making enough progress and quality of education was inadequate.

The inspectors found there had been significant disruption to the school’s management in recent months.

Consultant headteacher David Smith took over at the beginning of this term, but he is set to be replaced by a permanent headteacher.

Mr Smith said: “We’re obviously disappointed to be given a notice to improve.

“We’re committed to tackling the weaknesses identified to make sure pupils get the best possible education.”

In their report the inspection team found attainment, particularly in English and maths, was low.

The report says: “Although the school does track pupils’ progress, it does not do so with sufficient regularity and too little is done with this information to address underperformance.”