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Major staff changes at Haxby Road Primary School
EIGHT members of staff at a York primary school, including the acting head and assistant head, have left as it prepares to become a sponsored academy.
The changes at Haxby Road Primary School have been revealed by Ofsted, which put the school in special measures earlier this year.
Ofsted last year found the achievement of all groups of pupils was inadequate at the school, whose former head teacher Mike Schofield resigned last year after an investigation by the Qualification Curriculum Development Agency (QDCA) into how the school conducted its maths and English SATS tests.
But the watchdog said in its latest report that significant improvements have been observed in a monitoring inspection conducted last month.
It says the school is now led by executive headteacher Richard Ludlow, head of Robert Wilkinson Primary School in Strensall, which is the sponsoring primary, and arrangements are in hand for the school to convert to sponsored academy status in the spring term.
Eight staff have left since April and three teachers, including two senior leaders, have been seconded there from Robert Wilkinson, in addition to Mr Ludlow. Three specialist subject leaders and a senior leader have also been appointed.
The report says the quality of teaching has improved since Ofsted’s previous inspection, staffing was more stable and staff were working together more effectively to improve pupils’ performance. The inspectors observed both good and outstanding teaching and saw no evidence of inadequate provision.
Pupils’ results in maths and writing improved, although overall attainment remained low.
“In lessons and during social times, pupils overall behave well,” the report said, adding that leaders had introduced a new behaviour policy, and different play times, guided activities and improvements in supervision had resulted in fewer “behaviour incidents.”
The report said the school was determined to make rapid improvements and the leadership of the previous acting head and the executive head were pivotal in this.
Mr Ludlow said: “I would like to say how pleased I am with the direction we are going and with how strong the partnership is between the two schools.”
He said Haxby Road would become York’s first sponsored academy, which he described as a “local solution for local schools” which would allow both schools to share expertise.
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