Ryhall Primary School receives first good Ofsted since 2006

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A school which was put in special measures has received a good Ofsted report.

Ryhall Primary School was placed into special measures at the end of January 2013 after an Ofsted report, which gave a rating of inadequate and criticised both senior management and governors.

Ian Toon took over as acting headteacher in June 2013 and in October of that year, an interim report was released saying the school was making “reasonable progress towards the removal of special measures.”

The most recent Ofsted report was carried out on July 2 and 3, which rated the school as ‘good’. It was last rated good in 2006.

The report said there had been “rapid improvements” since the last inspection and that “pupils are making better progress because the quality of teaching has improved significantly”.

It said the acting headteacher had played a “key role in driving improvements” and had been “ well supported by other leaders in the 

It also said: “The interim executive board provides effective support and challenge for the school’s leaders.”

In a statement to parents, Mr Toon said he was “thrilled”.

He said: “The determination and grit from the staff team is to be congratulated in the way that the school has improved rapidly since its last inspection in January 2013.

“It has been particularly pleasing to see that the pupils’ progress has been noted in the way individual pupils are tracked; and that our pupils behave well and work hard.”

He thanked the staff at Witham St Hugh’s Academy in Lincoln, which supported the school.

Mr Toon left the school in July to take up a headteacher post at a school in Melton.

In October, Ryhall School will become an academy under the trust of the Peterborough Diocese and will be sponsored by Casterton Business and Enterprise College with its principal Victoria Crosher as the executive head.

The interim headteacher will be Casterton’s assistant principal Katy Kato.