Ilkeston school makes huge strides

Pupils, teachers and governors at Ladywood Primary are celebrating after inspectors removed the school from special measures.

Ofsted inspectors said the Oliver Road school has made ‘rapid improvements’ since 2010 when they raised concerns about the standard of education pupils received and the capacity for improvement.

On their latest visit which took place last month, inspectors also said that the Kirk Hallam school provides a good standard of education for pupils, whose behaviour is ‘outstanding’.

This comes after the introduction of a rigorous programme of improvement, supported by education officers from Derbyshire County Council and led by headteacher, Melanie Lawson who joined the school in September 2009.

Miss Lawson said: “The school has made fantastic progress because of everyone’s hard work and commitment.

“We are determined that we will continue to improve and provide an excellent standard of education for all our pupils.”

Recommendations for further improvement were made by inspectors which the school plans to put in place.

Cllr Mike Longden, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for education, said: “We’re delighted the measures put in place to improve the quality and standard of education provided at Ladywood Primary School have worked so well and so quickly.

“The school now has a firm foundation to build on in the future and I’m sure parents will share my confidence that the progress made will continue.”

Inspectors, who visited the school in Oliver Road for two days this month, said the school is well placed for further improvement and achievement is good.

Chair of governors Michelle Cox added: “We are delighted to have received this good report and plan to build on our successes.

“We have already got plans in place to address the areas where inspectors said we could make further improvement.

“With the support of parents, and our leadership team and staff, we can continue to drive up standards in the coming months and years.”