School ‘failed its pupils’

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A DAMNING Ofsted report has condemned a Rastrick school which, it says, has failed its pupils.

Field Lane Primary School has been criticised for its inadequate leadership, management and teaching. Safety is also an issue with some pupils feeling at risk.

Now on Ofsted’s recommendation an acting head teacher has been brought in and a temporary board of governors has been installed to run the school after it was put into ‘special measures’.

This means that the school will have regular short-notice visits from inspectors to monitor its performance.

Leading inspector Brenda Clarke said: “This school requires special measures because it is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the persons responsible for leading, managing or governing the school are not demonstrating the capacity to secure the necessary improvement.”

The school will be led by Lynda Johnson, who is head at Siddal Primary School, Halifax and who is a National Leader in Education (NLE) in absence of current head teacher Pam Smith, who is on sick leave.

She said a long term partnership will be formed between the two schools. “We will be focusing on the quality of teaching and learning and address the issues around the safeguarding concerns which were pointed out by Ofsted,” she said. “I have already spent some time at the school getting to know the staff and the school and evaluating the provision and identifying all the areas that the inspectors picked up. Work has already begun on those issues.

“I have other members of staff who are going over to the school as well as myself so we are forming a partnership between the two.

For full story see Brighouse Echo 10/03/11