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Thurlby Community Primary School is taking 'effective action' to remove 'serious weaknesses' says Ofsted




Thurlby Community Primary School is taking ‘effective action’ to remove its ‘serious weaknesses’ designation.

A year ago, Ofsted inspectors said the school had ‘serious weaknesses’ as it branded it ‘inadequate’.

Since then, the school started the conversion process to be an academy and has been run by the Keystone Adademy trust since January- when a new executive headteacher and head of school were appointed.

Thurlby children
Thurlby children

Though last month’s Ofsted monitoring visit could not change the ‘inadequate’ rating, the inspectors reported progress.

They said: “Leaders and managers are taking effective action towards the removal of the serious weaknesses designation.

“The school’s improvement plan is fit for purpose. The local authority’s improvement plan is fit for purpose.”

Thurlby children
Thurlby children

Ofsted also said the school’s plans for improvement are ‘effective’, including improvement leadership, management and the quality of education. Senior leaders have focussed on improving English, particularly in writing, which is improving.

The school leader responsible for children with special needs is ‘a driving force for improvements’.

The report also said senior leaders from Bourne Westfield Primary Academy were influential in stabilising and improving the school.

Thurlby children
Thurlby children

Senior leaders were developing the skills of other leaders. They also manage change well, they produce effective support for teachers and they and governors are in an increasingly cohesive team.

The report added: “The executive headteacher and head of school have had a rapid impact in raising expectations and improving the quality of education that pupils receive.”

Executive headteacher and CEO of the Keystone Academy Trust Elaine Radley welcomed the ‘very positive findings’ of this first Ofsted monitoring visit, adding: “It demonstrates how far the school has come in a relatively short space of time.”

Thurlby children
Thurlby children

Headteacher Katherine Finch said the encouraging report endorsed the hard work of teachers, staff and pupils, adding she and her team were dedicated to continued improvement.



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