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THE new head of a Cosham primary in special measures says she is pleased with an Ofsted visit that has confirmed they are making satisfactory progress overall.

Sarah Sadler, who was appointed head of Highbury Primary in September – a year after it was placed in special measures – has sent a letter to parents outlining inspectors’ feedback from the monitoring visit in early December.

She wrote: ‘We are delighted to announce that progress since the last monitoring visit was judged as good and that there had been significant improvements in the pace of strategic development.

‘We are particularly pleased that it was recognised that assessment procedures now effectively track children’s progress and the latest data shows a greater number of children are making better progress.

‘The progress of children with special educational needs is now similar to their peers.

‘Attendance has now significantly improved thanks to your efforts to ensure that your children are in school.’