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Sigglesthorne Primary School taken out of special measures

Christmas has come early for staff and pupils at Sigglesthorne Primary School after being taken out of special measures.

A monitoring visit by Ofsted inspectors early in December turned into a full inspection and found it was a “much improved school” and inspectors were of the opinion that the school no longer required special measures.

Sigglesthorne Primary school was placed in special measures in April 2010 after inspectors judged the school was failing to give its pupils an “acceptable standard of education.”

Since then, Debbie Chadwick has been appointed as executive head teacher while Rosie Fisher took up the post of acting head teacher to over see the day-to-day running of the school and a revised curriculum was adopted.

Inspectors found that since that inspection in April 2010, there have been a number of good improvements including the school’s capacity for sustained improvement, the use of assessment to support learning and the effectiveness of leadership and management in embedding ambition and driving improvement.

They also said the school was providing a satisfactory education overall with some aspects of the work that are good. They added the school has good capacity to continue with improvements that have been made.

Inspectors also noted that “achievement of pupils is now satisfactory and improving, particularly in Key Stage 2” and at the end of Year 6 in 2011 attainment rose sharply when compared to 2010.

Recommendations were also made to help the school progress including raising attainment in Key Stage 1 so it is at least average, strengthen further the Early Years Foundation Stage and to continue to build up the leadership skills of the acting head teacher and other members of staff.

Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and schools at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Sigglesthorne Primary School is one of our smallest schools but nevertheless the children that attend deserve a quality education in the same way as all other children.

“I am pleased about the hard work that has gone into the school since it went into special measures and that this has been recognised by Ofsted.

“This is fantastic news for the school and a great start for 2012.”

Mike Furbank, head of achievement and learning at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The school has responded brilliantly to the challenges it faced and we are delighted that HMI have recognised this.

“My thanks to the staff at the school, executive head teacher Debbie Chadwick and members of the school improvement service who have worked with the school so effectively.”

Debbie Chadwick, executive head teacher said: “To be told the school is out of special measures is very pleasing as it is recognition of the tremendous hard work everyone, including the staff, pupils and parents have put into the school.

“The school has made many improvements over the last year, for example a much more exciting, creative and inclusive curriculum is now on offer and this is enjoyed by the children.

“Our assessments for each child are excellent and we closely monitor each child’s work to ensure that progress and attainment continues to rise.

“We now have excellent extra provision for children who find certain areas of the curriculum challenging, which helps all children to achieve success.

“Despite this news, we will not become complacent and there are some crucial areas which require improvements but the school are aware of these and have appropriate plans to tackle them.”