Slow progress in school’s recovery

CHANGE is not coming fast enough at a Dewsbury school that has been in special measures for the last 17 months.

That was the verdict of inspectors who returned to Chickenley Community Junior, Infant and Nursery in March.

It was the fourth time Ofsted have returned to the Princess Road school since November, 2013.

Back then the school was found to be inadequate, and it remains in special measures.

Since the previous visit in December last year, a new deputy head, associate deputy head and three teachers have joined the staff.

They have had an impact on teaching quality, though too much of it remains variable, say the inspectors.

As a result pupil progress is improving but not by enough to make up ground on where they should be.

Children’s behaviour is also getting better, with a “marked decline” in serious incidents, though these and exclusions are still too high.

The report added: “The use of physical restraint continues to fall and is now sporadic.

“Procedures are in place to ensure that each incident is fully scrutinised and followed up with appropriate support for the individual pupils concerned.”

Acting headteacher James Wilson was praised for the drive he has brought to the school.

But the report concluded:

“... recent changes in teaching and learning have yet to demonstrate that improvements in lessons are leading to rapidly-improving outcomes for pupils.”

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