Portsmouth school in worst category still not making progress

Pupils from Queen's Inclosure Primary School in Waterlooville who have donated their shoes to children in Africa.  Pictured, from left:  Lily I'Bell (8), Scarlett Bugler (10), Lucia Aldred (9) and (front) Lily Bugler (5).  Picture: Sarah Standing (170967-5871)

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AN INFANTS school that fell into the worst Ofsted grade last year has been judged to be making inadequate progress in its first monitoring inspection.

Meredith Infants in North End, Portsmouth, which is in special measures, has been left reeling with a second poor judgement that has once more coincided with a headteacher leaving.

Interim head Elaine Robertson, who took on the job following ex-head Lynn Counsell’s departure due to serious health problems, stood down in the Easter holidays for personal reasons, according to the school’s chairwoman of governors.

The monitoring inspection in March said targets to improve pupil achievement, teaching and leadership were inadequate.

It criticised uncertainty amongst school leaders including governors and the local authority that ‘sabotages attempts to create a shared vision of improvement’.

But attendance was noted to have improved since the 2011 Ofsted and inspectors said staff were ‘hard working and had the potential to improve outcomes for pupils’.

Caroline Hopkins, chairwoman of governors, said the school was actively discussing possible academy status or amalgamation with another school.

She told The News: ‘This judgement didn’t come as a surprise – it’s still very early days.

‘We are confident we will be able to get out of special measures, the school is evolving all the time.

‘Our priority is giving the children the best education and opportunities.

‘We were pleased with our improvement in attendance, which is the result of working closely with parents who have been amazingly supportive.’

Debra Anderson, headteacher of College Park Infants which is judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, has stepped in as executive head.