School plans deemed fit for purpose

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A monitoring inspection by Ofsted has found that an improvement plan drawn up by a Nelson primary school which was placed in special measures in May is fit for purpose.

But Castercliff Primary School cannot appoint newly-qualified teachers until after a further inspection has taken place.

The report by inspector David Selby says since the inspection in May, four teachers have resigned and five teachers have been appointed. Of the teachers joining the school, one has previously worked at the school as a temporary member of staff and another has been seconded as an assistant headteacher.

“This has allowed class sizes in Years 5 and 6 to be reduced and the senior leadership team to be expanded. Senior leaders, governors and the local authority have worked together to build on the improvement already started before the inspection.

“The appointment of new teachers has allowed senior leaders to bring different experiences and skills into the staff team. The reports from the reviews of governance and the pupil premium are starting to be used to shape development of these aspects.

“Governance is being strengthened by appointing a National Leader of Governance as chairman of the governing body, while retaining the knowledge and experience of the existing chairman.

“Members of staff have accepted the findings of the inspection and are working as a team to contribute to the improvement in the quality of education offered to pupils.”