Portsmouth school goes into special measures after Ofsted report

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THE headteacher of an infant school which has dropped into special measures has vowed to help turn things around.

Manor Infant School in Fratton has been deemed inadequate, with Ofsted claiming standards are too low due to weak teaching, poor behaviour by pupils and poor leadership.

Pupils make poor progress in Year 1 because the work they are given in phonics, writing and maths doesn’t match their abilities.

Experts are being brought in to help improve standards, by sharing best practice.

Ofsted has said the school needs to ensure there is no inadequate teaching in Year 1 and ensure good or better teaching for all pupils.

Behaviour and attendance need improving. Leadership and management at all levels must be more effective.

Lyndsey Cook has come in temporarily from Southsea Infant School.

She said: ‘All the staff were disappointed but everybody is working together to move onwards and upwards to create a good school.

‘We’re improving the teaching by making sure teachers are getting training.

‘We are looking at revamping the reading, writing and maths curriculum.

‘We’ve got a new behaviour policy which was already in place before Ofsted came, which has had an impact on raising the expectations.’

Ms Cook said everyone is determined to improve standards at the school. ‘The staff are keen to show that the school can be good,’ she said.

‘There is potential for the school to move forward. The children are lovely. They have lots of potential and work hard. We can see a brighter future for the school.’

Councillor Rob Wood, cabinet member for children and education, said: ‘Under the new Ofsted regime, inspections are much stricter and focused on outcomes.

‘Clearly there have been problems at this school and I’m very glad the new head is already making an impact, with a strong action plan.

‘We need quick action to ensure that pupils get the education they deserve.’

Ashley Howard will join from Titchfield Primary School as the new headteacher from September.

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