Damned school is on the mend

Edgewood School
Edgewood School

A SCHOOL in Hucknall that was lambasted by a government watchdog for failing its pupils is officially on the mend.

Last March, inspectors from the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) delivered a damning verdict on Edgewood Primary School (pictured).

Inspectors found that the school, off Christchurch Road, was not providing an “acceptable standard of education”. It was placed in Special Measures and ordered to improve or face further sanctions.

But now, after an overhaul that has included the appointment of a new senior team, including an executive head teacher, the school is improving fast.

After a further visit by inspectors, a bulletin of good progress has been issued to pupils and parents.

The improvements have accelerated since December, raising hopes that Special Measures can be lifted in the near future.

Ed Seeley is the new day-to-day head of the school and works with executive head Julie Wardle.

“Things are progressing so well that some of our children have made a year’s progress in their lessons in just six months,” said Mr Seeley.

“We are now looking at better outcomes for the children. If we can keep that going, then we will be able to climb out of Special Measures.

“Once we are out of Special Measures, we want this school to be rated as a ‘good’ school. With collective support, we are making improvements.

“There are no quick fixes and we are working hard. It is great to see morale picking up.”

The latest report by inspectors found that 67% of teaching is now classed as ‘good’ or better — an increase of 21% on the last visit.

The needs of individual pupils were being met more effectively and teachers had raised expectations of their classes, which had inspired children to strive to improve their learning.

Progress was being made in reading and presentation of work, although more needed to be done on improving maths skills.

The new executive head and head of school were praised by inspectors for their “determined and focused leadership”.

Attendance continued to improve and half-termly meetings had been organised among staff to make sure learning and teaching were focused.

Improvement plans were in place, with short-term and long-term goals. Key areas of improvement remained literacy and numeracy skills.