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'Encouraging signs' at troubled Burraton Community Primary School

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 11, 2013

MAKING PROGRESS: Burraton Primary School.

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A TROUBLED primary school which was rated as "inadequate" by government education watchdogs is making progress, a recent inspection has shown.

Burraton Community Primary School, in Saltash, was given the critical ranking following an inspection by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) last September.

The inspectors' report outlined a series of failings at the school – which has 428 pupils – which had previously been ranked as "good".

In a letter to the acting head teacher following the first monitoring inspection at the school, one of the inspectors said changes had been made.

Ian Hancock said: "There are encouraging signs that the quality of teaching is beginning to improve and incidents of inadequate teaching have reduced. Leaders at all levels check the progress that pupils make and the standards they achieve more often," the inspector added. The inspection in September concluded that teaching was poor and children were not being pushed to achieve what they were capable of.

Since the inspection, one part-time teacher has left the school and four other teachers will leave the school before the end of the academic year.

The inspector said that Cornwall Council had supported the school in the past few months but determined that its action plan was not fit for purpose.

"The arrangements for checking the progress made and holding the school to account are not clear enough," the inspector said.

"The success criteria do not explain how progress will be measured and evaluated and there is insufficient information about how and when checks will be made," he added.

A representative from Cornwall Council said: "The inspectors judged that while the support offered to the school by the local authority was effective, the local authority statement of action lacked detail in relation to milestones and success criteria. These are currently being rewritten and officers from the local authority are working with inspectors to ensure that the documentation demonstrates that progress towards end-of-year targets are monitored rigorously."

She added: "Following the Ofsted inspection the local authority has worked with the governing body to secure the appointment of a substantive head teacher and is continuing to work alongside the school's leadership team to ensure that the necessary support is in place to allow the school to continue to make good progress against the issues for action identified within the inspection report."

Lisa Tamblyn, head teacher of Burraton Community Primary School, said: "The school has benefited from all aspects of support provided by the local authority (LA), including training for governors and guidance for senior leaders. As we move into a new term, the leadership of the school continues to work in consultation with the Cornwall School Improvement Team and other LA consultants in order to improve the educational provision for all of our children."

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