Head hopes for ‘good quality final year’

Blackthourne Middle School - Stanton
Blackthourne Middle School - Stanton

A headteacher at a school due to close next year has promised to deliver a ‘good quality final year’ - after being told to improve by watchdogs.

However, Phil Vigrass warned that Blackbourne Middle’s progress depends on maintaining the teaching staff as the school heads for closure next July.

The Stanton school was recently judged as ‘requiring improvement’ by Ofsted - the same grading from its previous inspection.

Inspectors noted that the ‘leadership team has not yet accomplished enough improvements in the quality of teaching or the progress of the pupils’.

They also said that ‘not enough pupils make or exceed the progress they should in English and mathematics’.

However, ‘there have been significant improvements in the behaviour of pupils and behaviour is good’.

Meanwhile, the headteacher is ‘providing clear and supportive leadership to encourage improvements’.

Mr Vigrass said the school was ‘closer to achieving a good grading than last time’.

When asked how the school can improve before it closes as part of the county’s move to two tier education, he said: “In the time we have left it’s going to be difficult but we have a duty to do the best we possibly can for the children.

“We’ve spent a lot of time putting together a plan to respond to each of the items Ofsted identified. I’ve been meeting with educational consultants for advice and support.

“The school is making progress and providing we keep the teachers with us I hope we can deliver a good quality final year for the children.”