Red Lodge school is improving, says Ofsted
A school in Red Lodge, which was put into special measures two years ago, is making improvements, according to education watchdog Ofsted.
St Christopher’s Primary School, in Bellflower Crescent, was rated ‘inadequate’ in 2014 and found to require improvement in teaching, pupils’ attainment and progress and leadership and management.
Ofsted has since carried out four monitoring inspections, the last of which took place in May this year.
A report published following that visit states that leaders and managers are taking ‘effective action’ towards the removal of special measures.
Its author, Wendy Varney, says: “The positive feeling that was starting to emerge at the time of the last monitoring inspection has continued and has grown.
“The school now has a palpable ‘buzz’ and is clearly a place that people want to be part of.”
She praises interim executive headteacher Nichola Perry for providing ‘strong and decisive leadership’ and says the school’s governing body is ‘becoming increasingly effective’.
She adds that action is being taken, where necessary, to improve the quality of teaching but that outcomes for pupils, while improving,‘remain inadequate’.
“Pupils’ attainment remains below the national average and, in some cases, well below it,” says Ms Varney.
Plans for St Christopher’s to become an academy, sponsored by the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust, are ‘well advanced’, according to the report.
It says: “Both the school and the sponsor had expected the conversion to have happened by now. Two proposed dates for conversion have passed and it is now planned for the school to become a sponsored academy on September 1, 2016.”
The school is not currently allowed to appoint newly qualified teachers.