Improvements promised at failing Gosport school

LEARNING  Pupils Lilly Connell, Joseph Sturman, Leo Mills and Gracie Halford all six. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122989-1)
LEARNING Pupils Lilly Connell, Joseph Sturman, Leo Mills and Gracie Halford all six. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122989-1)

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THE headteacher of a Gosport school which has been put in special measures has said everything possible is being done to improve standards for the children.

Elson Infant School was rated inadequate in its most recent Ofsted inspection.

The report said provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage, pupils’ achievement and the quality of teaching were not good enough.

As a result, this had led to a decline in standards in reading, writing and maths.

The report added that teaching was inadequate because expectations of what pupils can achieve were not high enough.

Headteacher Angela MacCallum said: ‘We thought it was going to be a difficult one because we had lots of staff on maternity leave.

‘The data that they worked from had been a particularly difficult year group with lots of special needs.

‘I was disappointed for the community but the parents have been unbelievably supportive.

‘They know that this is a situation which will not last any longer than we can help.

‘We are just looking at it as an opportunity to learn and develop and become a stronger school.

‘We are all determined that we will make the improvements that are required of us as soon as possible.’

The school is aiming to ensure that by March at least 80 per cent of teaching is rated good or better.

Staff are working to raise the achievement levels in English and maths, particularly for boys, disabled pupils and those with special needs.

They are also having regular progress meetings and teachers are being monitored and trained.