We will get better, says school after a tough inspection

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LEADERS at a school which has plunged into special measures have vowed to improve standards.

Denmead Junior School in Denmead, near Waterlooville, was deemed inadequate in an Ofsted inspection.

Inspectors said that teaching is inadequate as teachers do not have a clear view of pupils’ abilities, so often set work that is too easy or too hard.

Pupils’ achievement in writing and maths is inadequate and achievement in reading requires improvement.

And pupils’ behaviour in lessons requires improvement as when lessons are ineffective, children find it difficult to maintain interest and become restless.

But inspectors did say that the local authority, governing body and headteacher have put a lot in place to enable the school to progress fast.

Chairwoman of governors Tina Lowe said: ‘The staff and governors at Denmead Junior School are, clearly, very disappointed with the outcome of the school’s recent Ofsted inspection. 

‘We know there is work to be done and we’re working closely with the county council’s school improvement team.

‘We have developed a robust plan of action to quickly address the issues raised in Ofsted’s report.

‘We were pleased, however, that Ofsted recognised that the governing body is being pro-active in its approach to improving school performance, and that new leadership had been put in place to enable the school to move forward.

‘We welcomed our new headteacher, Elaine Viner, in September. Elaine brings with her a track record for rapid school improvement.

‘She had already identified priority areas for progress and had already begun to put in place measures to drive up standards in teaching and learning at the school when Ofsted arrived.

‘We’re confident that with this new leadership team, and through working with the local authority, we can move out of special measures rapidly.’

To improve, the school needs to improve the quality of teaching so that it is consistently good or better.

And pupils’ achievement needs to rise, particularly in writing and maths.

Behaviour at playtime must improve by developing pupils’ social skills.

Mrs Lowe added: ‘The headteacher, governing body and staff are very grateful for the continued support of parents.

‘Their support is invaluable and it is the co-operation of the whole school community that will be crucial in driving improvement.’