A HEADTEACHER insists her school is making progress despite it being placed in special measures.
Bronagh King, of Chickenley Community School, said many of the problems found by Ofsted had already been identified.
Inspectors criticised poor teaching, children’s behaviour and their lack of progress in reading, writing and maths.
The verdict is a double blow as Chickenley is one of the most deprived parts of Dewsbury.
On that front, a positive was the school’s close links with the on-site children’s centre for tots aged up to five. Known as the Chickenley Campus, the site offers a range of health and family support services.
Mrs King is sure the school can match that and said: “We’d already identified areas for improvement.
“Some of our development work will take longer to show its benefits, but we’re confident the school is heading in the right direction.” The Ofsted report, published last week, was based on inspection visits made last November.
Teachers were found not to teach basic skills systematically and also set work that was too easy. Ofsted doubted staff could improve the school despite an outside National Leader of Education being brought in.
Governors also failed to ask tough questions even though they had details about the school’s performance at their disposal.
A Kirklees Council spokesman said the authority would be taking urgent steps to improve the situation.
Mrs King added: “Though the overall judgement is very disappointing, Ofsted highlighted several positives.
“These include examples of good teaching, progress of early years children and standards of social, spiritual, moral and cultural learning.
“We’ll continue addressing the issues raised while building on our strengths for the benefit of current and future pupils.”