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Poppleton Road Primary School placed under special measures
A PRIMARY school in York has been placed on special measures by the Government after inspectors found it was “failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education”.
Poppleton Road Primary School was given the lowest possible rating of “inadequate” following a visit from Ofsted inspectors in May. In a list of damning key findings, inspectors said: “Theschool’s overall effectiveness is not satisfactory because the quality of teaching and the leadership and management of the school are inadequate.”
While a small number of staff were singled out as “good or outstanding”, inspectors said teachers at Poppleton Road were “not ambitious enough to raise pupils’ attainment”.
The report also criticised the school’s curriculum, saying it does not meet the learning needs of different groups of pupils.
The Government’s chief inspector has now placed the school under special measures and brought in troubleshooter Harry Wood, a head teacher with experience of turning around underperforming schools, to work alongside staff.
Poppleton Road is one of the oldest schools in York and includes Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable among its former pupils.
Yesterday the school’s head teacher, Debbie Glover, said a challenge against the inspection findings had been unsuccessful and the rating would stand.
She said: “This judgement means the school will continue to receive support to make the changes that are needed and will have visits from other inspectors to check on how well it is doing.
She said Ofsted changes in January made it harder to achieve a “good” or “satisfactory” judgement.
She said: “We knew that the school was vulnerable because of its 2011 Key Stage 2 results and we have been working extremely hard in partnership with other schools and the local authority to improve our outcomes.
“Provisional results for 2012 show significant improvement which is as the school predicted.”
The head said parents had been informed of the inspection result and that the school had been listening to views from parents.
She said: “We had overwhelmingly positive comments through the Ofsted questionnaire.
“However, we appreciate that many parents and pupils will naturally be concerned about the implications of this and we have already taken steps to ensure that the school comes out of special measures as quickly as possible.”