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Drybrook School working to improve


The Forest of Dean based school is working with the county council to make improvements after being given an inadequate rating by Ofsted.

Following an Ofsted inspection in April Drybrook School  was rated as inadequate, putting them into 'special measures'.

Staff and governors are working closely with Gloucestershire County Council to set out a plan to improve standards and get them back up to the school’s previous and long standing rating of good.

In the report, inspectors praised recent improvements to early years teaching, which has led to more pupils achieving the standards expected of them at the end of both key stages.

Staff were also commended for forming positive relationships with pupils; providing pastoral support for those who need extra help.

However Ofsted highlighted the need for the school to:

  • Rapidly improve the quality of teaching and learning throughout the school
  • Improve the standard of assessment to help improve effectiveness of teaching
  • Address the curriculum to make sure that pupils are able to develop reading and writing skills, as well as an in depth understanding of subject areas

Responding to the report, head teacher at Drybrook Primary School Sara Albon expressed her disappointment at the outcome but said that she was determined to make improvements as soon as possible.

She said; “Naturally, we are disappointed with the report's findings. With the support of governors, staff, the county council and our parents, we will work hard to make the changes identified in Ofsted's report as soon as possible. Everyone at the school is absolutely committed to providing the best possible education for our pupils.”

Matt Bishop from the board of governors, said: “By working with staff and the continued support of our parents, we are sure that we will be able to follow Ofsted's recommendations and rapidly improve the standards of the school."

A team from the county council will 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 are working closely with the headteacher, staff and board of governors to make sure there is a clear plan in place, so that the quality of teaching can improve rapidly and, most importantly, the rate of pupil progress increases as soon as possible."

The full report can be found at the Ofsted website: