Delight for school after leaving special measures

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A SCHOOL has been lifted out of special measures after a ‘good’ Ofsted report.

Teachers and parents at Gooseacre Primary School, Thurnscoe, Rotherham, are celebrating after the rating, which included an ‘outstanding’ mark for leadership and management.

Inspectors found pupils’ attainment was ‘improving rapidly’, led by significant improvements in the quality of teaching.

Attendance had also jumped by 2 per cent, while the report added: “Almost all pupils in each year group are much closer to achieving age-related expectations.”

Sarah Creighton, executive headteacher, 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.”

The school, which has 267 pupils, was placed in special measures after a inspection in 2008 found it ‘inadequate’.

But it was all change in the latest report.

Inspector Wendy Ripley praised ‘clear and decisive direction and outstanding leadership’, saying Ms Ceighton had transformed the school in a short period of time.

She said: “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.”

The report said gaps with national age-related expectations are ‘narrowing rapidly’ after a ‘legacy of underachievement’ was eradicated.

To improve further the school was told to strengthen the overall quality of teaching and learning by improving pupils’ spelling and presentation and improving the quality of marking and written feedback.

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