Second Hucknall school slammed as ‘failing’ its pupils

BLASTED BY OFSTED -- Edgewood Primary School in Hucknall
BLASTED BY OFSTED -- Edgewood Primary School in Hucknall

A SECOND school in the west of Hucknall is failing its pupils and struggling to make the grade, it has been disclosed.

Edgewood Primary has received a bleak report after an investigation by the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED).

Inspectors found that the school was not providing an “acceptable standard of education” and that children floundered in the core subjects of maths and English.

Youngsters also had “weak skills” that left them under-prepared for the future.

The report comes just weeks after the Dispatch disclosed that Annie Holgate Junior on High Leys Road had also been slammed by OFSTED.

The two schools cater for more than 500 children in total. Both are now in ‘Special Measures’ and must make improvements or face further sanctions.

Speaking after a meeting with parents and carers on Tuesday night, Lynn Baker, head teacher at Edgewood, said: “Myself, staff and governors are determined and confident that we can make the improvements highlighted in the report quickly. We have drawn up a plan and have already implemented actions to address the issues.

“Together with the support of the education authority, the good provision and progress made by the pupils in the foundation stage (nursery) and into key stage one (ages five to seven) will be continued throughout the rest of the school, enabling Edgewood to be a consistently good school.”

Inspectors say there is inadequate capacity for sustained improvement at the school.

Steps must be taken to raise attainment, increase the amount of ‘good’ teaching and improve the quality of leadership and management.

Most children felt safe, although some parents had expressed concern about the way low-level misbehaviour was dealt with.

The report highlights that Edgewood, of Christchurch Road, is not without its strengths. It is said to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere, while pupils with special needs and disabilities did relatively well.

The 312-pupil school at Edgewood also made a good contribution to the community, was challenging racism and made certain that pupils valued other cultures and religions.

The school was also an Investor In People and had won a succession of awards for promoting healthy eating and exercise.

Of the parents who responded to a questionnaire as part of the inspection, 94% agreed or strongly agreed that their children enjoyed school and 94% said teaching was good.

In a letter to pupils, lead inspector Susan Walsh said: “The school has not done enough to check the quality of lessons and the quality of work in your books.

“However everyone in your school, including the governors, is determined to make things better in the future.

“You can help by coming to school regularly, always working hard in lessons and making sure your work is neat and well presented.”

In the report, inspectors pointed out that leaders and managers “are not taking effective steps to realise their ambition for the school”.

However recent changes, including the appointment of new chairman Claire Calladine, had strengthened the governing body.

Mrs Calladine said: “We have been working closely with the staff and the education authority to address the problems raised by OFSTED.

“We are all determined that Edgewood will come out of ‘Special Measures’ in the near future. With hard work and dedication from all involved, we can move forward to build a school where every child gets the opportunity to be the best they can be.”

John Slater, Notts County Council’s service manager for learning and achievement, added: “We will support Edgewood in addressing the concerns raised by the OFSTED inspection and will help formulate a plan to move the school out of ‘Special Measures’ at the first opportunity.”