School set for improvement, says head

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The headteacher at a Huthwaite school which Ofsted judged as requiring improvement says it is on track for a good grade next time around.

John Davies Primary and Nursery School was downgraded from good in July due to a lack of consistency in achievement, learning levels being set too low and poor marking practices.

But a recent visit from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate has found that John Davies is ‘taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement.’

Headteacher Robert della-Spina said: “Things are moving forward at a faster rate than expected.

“Everything is in place and we have a full compliment of staff who work extremely hard.

“The projections for our Year 6 pupils’ Key Stage 2 SATS are really good. We will get a good in the next inspection, if not better.”

An area which was still of concern for the HMI inspector was the low-level work set for the more able.

Said Mr della-Spina: “We have that firmly in hand but the evidence will not be available until we get the SATS results in.

“But we have a plan in place and are working hard.”