Denmead pupils’ delight as their school is rate ‘good’ – 18 months after it went into special measures

Pupils at Denmead Junior School celebrating their 'good' Ofsted report
Pupils at Denmead Junior School celebrating their 'good' Ofsted report
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  • School was deemed inadequate and put in special measures in October 2014
  • New headteacher turned it around
  • It has now been graded good by Ofsted
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OFSTED has praised teaching and leadership at a school that was put in special 
measures less than 18 months ago.

In its latest inspection, Denmead Junior School was deemed ‘good’ by the government inspectors.

Elaine Viner had only been headteacher for a month when the highly-critical inspection took place in 2014.

The latest report shows she has transformed the Bere Road school.

Inspector Robin Hammerton said in his write-up: ‘As a result of strong leadership, this school is improving very rapidly. Pupils in all year groups make good progress in English and mathematics.

‘The school is led very insightfully by the headteacher. She is ably supported by the deputy headteacher and other senior members of staff.’

Mr Hammerton found pupils in Years 5 and 6 are at too low a level in English and maths, but that is improving.

And he found slight inconstancies in the quality of teaching between different classes.

Mrs Viner said she was delighted with the inspection.

‘The key to this rapid success has been focusing on the main issue, teamwork and distributing leadership,’ she said.

‘Children at the school are now making good progress.

‘We have developed school systems which ensure that no child stalls in their learning.

‘If they do, we find out why and put measures in place to overcome any barriers.’

The report also highlighted the school is making huge improvements to the curriculum at a fast pace. And lessons in all subjects have good, challenging content.

Pupils’ behaviour is ‘consistently good’ and attendance is above average.

Shirley Nellthorpe, chairman of governors, said: ‘Denmead now has a junior school that it can be proud of.

‘Along with the infant school which is also rated as good by Ofsted, the quality of education provided by the two schools means that families in the locality can look forward to an assured standard of education for their children.

‘Both schools are determined to continue to develop so that they become outstanding in all areas.’