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Lakers School committed to making improvements under new head

Published
21.01.2016

Lakers School is taking immediate action to accelerate pupil progress and drive up the quality of teaching

At an Ofsted inspection in December, the Coleford school was rated as inadequate, putting them into 'special measures'. Staff and governors are now being supported by Gloucestershire County Council to implement a robust action plan to improve standards.

In the report, Ofsted acknowledged that the school cared for pupils well, and noted that pupils' development was good, from a spiritual, moral, social and cultural perspective.

Pupils were also very positive about the careers information provided by the school.

The school were also complimented on how well they make use of teaching assistants in the classroom.

Ofsted highlighted the need for the school to:

  • Improve the quality of teaching so that pupils make faster progress by increasing the challenge for pupils of all abilities.
  • Improve the standards expected by teachers of pupils' behaviour and output in all lessons.
  • Improve leadership and management by ensuring school leaders and governors work together to tackle the school's poor performance.

Interim headteacher, John Reilly, who took over at the school at the beginning of January, said: "We are obviously disappointed by the Ofsted's judgement. However we are absolutely committed to improving and providing the best education for our pupils.

"I want us all to work together and have every confidence that, with the support of governors, staff, the county council and our parents, we will rapidly make the required changes.

"Although I have only been here a short while, I have been impressed by the attitude of everyone at the school and am sure that we can work together to try and raise standards. We want to deliver the highest quality education to every one of our pupils so that they can achieve their best and we become a stronger school as a result."

Mandy Lloyd, Chair of governors, said: "The governing body and school staff are deeply disappointed by the Ofsted judgement.  However, we are working hard to address the issues highlighted by the report.

"We are confident that with the commitment of the staff and continued support of our parents, the school will speedily make the necessary improvements for our pupils to fulfil their potential."

A team from the county council will now work closely with the school to address the issues identified by Ofsted.

Jane Lloyd-Davies, head of education performance and intervention at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "We will continue to give the school all the support they need.

"We are working closely with the headteacher, staff and governors to make sure there is a clear and comprehensive improvement plan so that the quality of teaching is consistently good and, most importantly, the rate of pupil progress increases rapidly."

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