School makes vow after being told to improve

Entrance to Ladywood primary school, Kirk Hallam.
Entrance to Ladywood primary school, Kirk Hallam.
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A KIRK Hallam school has vowed to improve after being placed under special measures following an Ofsted inspection.

Ladywood Primary School has put a plan in place to improve weaknesses in teaching, achievement and management at the primary school.

Headteacher Melanie Lawson said: “We have already started to tackle some of the weaknesses and we are determined to take swift action on all the recommendations in the report and build on the strengths we already have.

“Improvements are being made and we are clear and focused on other changes that we need to make.”

Ofsted inspectors recommended that the school should raise attainment and accelerate pupils’ progress, especially in mathematics, and improve the quality of leadership and management.

Cllr Mike Longden, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for education, said: “When a school is placed in special measures it will always be a time of concern for parents.

“But they can be assured our education advisors are working closely with the school’s headteacher and governors to ensure that everything possible is being done to drive up standards.”

The school, on Oliver Road, has 277 pupils aged three to 11.

It was inspected in the first week of December last year.

Michelle Cox, chair of governors, said: “A rigorous action plan has been drawn up to allow us to implement the inspectors’ recommendations.

“We will take every necessary step to make sure we are giving our pupils the best possible education.”

Positive feedback from the inspectors included: “Pupils enjoy school and are keen to learn, pupils have a good awareness of healthy lifestyles and the curriculum is enriched by a wide selection of clubs.”

They also praised staff for ‘having a willingness to improve’.