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School placed in special measures over concerns

AN ELMDON primary school has been placed in special measures, following a visit from Ofsted in January.

AN ELMDON primary school has been placed in special measures, following a visit from Ofsted in January.

Hatchford Brook Junior and Infant School, on Old Lode Lane, was assessed by inspectors, who highlighted several areas of concern.

In a report, inspectors deemed the school’s teaching of Years 3 to 5 as “inadequate”.

The school has been given several recommendations on how to improve and Solihull Council has said that changes are already underway.

Headteacher Pam Read-Law said the school had “tremendous potential”.

“Obviously this report is disappointing, but we have already taken swift action and have a firm focus on what is needed,” she said.

“I know I have the support of parents and teachers, who all recognise the challenges that lie ahead of us.”

Solihull Council leader, Ken Meeson, has also pledged the local authority’s support.

OFSTED noted that there had been improvements since September 2009 - Year 6 teaching has improved, as have children’s behaviour and bullying levels.

Special measures are put in place if a school has failed to provide an acceptable standard of education.

Schools are presented with an action-plan and have to meet certain criteria before the status is removed.

Park Hall and Archbishop Grimshaw are among the local schools to have emerged from the process in recent years.

 

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