Ravensthorpe school edging away from special measures

A JUNIOR school in Ravensthorpe is making ‘reasonable progress’ towards exiting special measures.

Inspectors made a follow-up visit to the infant and nursery school on North Road in May and found the situation is improving.

Ofsted, whose report was only published recently, previously criticised the 318-pupil school for multiple failings.

Children were making poor progress in reading, writing and maths while there was also inadequate teaching and leadership.

The Press revealed several staff and governors left the school after it was put in special measures in December.

Inspectors found this time:

• Attainment of Year One and Year Two pupils has improved.

• Literacy is improving across the board.

• Most inadequate teaching eradicated.

• Leadership is improving.

Progress in maths is weaker, marking could be further improved and pupil absences are higher than this time last year.

But children were described as cared for, co-operate well, feel safe and play happily together.

Kirklees Council was also praised for its role, particularly in the hiring of a literacy guru who has made a big impact.

Inspector Adrian Guy wrote: “Since my visit in January the school’s improvement plan has been sharpened.

“The school is making reasonable progress towards the removal of special measures."

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