All Saints infant, Hessle - Out of special measures

Staff and pupils at All Saints Infant School in Hessle are celebrating after being taken out of special measures.

In their fifth monitoring visit, Ofsted inspectors said it was no longer a school causing concern and the overall effectiveness was judged to be satisfactory.

During an inspection in September 2010, the school was judged to require special measures but since then, it has undergone a significant change.

A new head teacher was appointed in May 2011, following a period working on a temporary basis as head of school from September 2010.

A new deputy head teacher was appointed in June 2011, a number of teachers have left the school and new teachers have joined.

During the recent monitoring visit, inspectors found “effective leadership has resulted in a transformed learning environment and a number of significant improvements”.

The report also added that pupils’ achievement was satisfactory and improving but said that children have a positive attitude to learning, their behaviour is good and they feel safe in school.

Leadership at the school was judged to be good and inspectors said: “The head teacher and deputy head teacher have high expectations and have gained the confidence of staff and pupils within a short time.

“School leaders have maintained a rigorous monitoring programme and are successfully developing the curriculum to meet the needs and interest of the pupils more effectively.

“Weaknesses are being successfully tackled and attainment has risen. Pupils’ achievement and behaviour and the quality of teaching have improved.

“Such improvements demonstrate the school’s good capacity to improve further and that it is becoming increasingly successful in achieving its aim to ‘build a bridge to success’.”

In order to improve further, inspectors said the school need to:

  • Accelerate pupils’ progress to raising attainment further by ensuring pupils consistently build on and extend their skills more rapidly as they move from one class to the next.
  • Increase the proportion of teaching that is good or better by providing more opportunities to share the best practice in school; increase the pace of learning and making better use of time in all classes and ensuring learning activities are sufficiently challenging to enable all pupils to make consistently good or better progress.

Head teacher, Miss Karen Wood, said: “We are thrilled with this well deserved, positive outcome and I am very proud of all the staff and pupils at All Saints’ CE VC Infant School.

“The continued and dedicated support from staff, parents and governors, along with the boundless capacity to improve, means that school will continue to strive for excellence, providing a safe, creative and supportive learning environment in which our children will thrive.”

Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and schools at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We now have stability at Hessle All Saints Infants School and this is beginning to reap benefits for all at the school.

“It is excellent that progress has been made and that everyone knows what needs to be done to achieve even greater things.

“Well done to all those that have put so much effort into taking the school forward.”

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