School's 'rapid' progress after Ofsted demands improvement

PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 July 2014

Headteacher Beverley Hartland-Smith with pupils at Mead Vale Primary School.

Headteacher Beverley Hartland-Smith with pupils at Mead Vale Primary School.


THE head of a Worle primary school, which was told by Ofsted it 'required improvement', says pro-gress has been brought about 'rapidly' since the inspection.

One factor which prevented Mead Vale Primary School being ranked ‘good’ by the watchdog included standards at the end of year six in reading, writing and maths dipping ‘significantly’ since the last inspection five years ago. Last year they 
were below the national average.

This came after the school had been ranked as ‘outstanding’ in its 2009 inspection.

Ofsted officials also stated the school’s leaders, including governors, have not evaluated the impact on pupils’ achievement, while there have been some incidents of poor behaviour.

But Beverly Hartland-Smith, who has been the headteacher at the school in Kestrel Drive since January last year, said her team is committed to rigorously maintaining improvements to behaviour.

She said: “It has been five years since our last inspection and the framework for inspection has changed significantly.

“Standards are now rapidly improving across the school and our results at the end of key stage one and two are expected to be much better this year.”

Although the report outlined teaching has not been good enough to make sure all pupils make consistently good progress it also states some teaching has been outstanding.

It says: “Under the effective leadership of the new headteacher and her team, pupils’ progress and the quality of teaching are improving quickly.”

Ms Hartland-Smith added: “Mead Vale is a wonderful school with great pupils, a team of committed and motivated members of staff, a strong board of governors and supportive parents that care.

“Our drive, commitment and enthusiasm for every pupil to achieve their full potential will be the key 
to our success and return to our outstanding status.”

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