Edgewood shrugs off label of failing school

Children at Edgewood Prim school Hucknall celebrate their great results along with their head teacher
Children at Edgewood Prim school Hucknall celebrate their great results along with their head teacher

HUCKNALL’S Edgewood Primary and Nursery School is celebrating a remarkable turn-round in less than a year and a half.

The school, on Edgewood Drive, plumbed the depths when it was placed in Special Measures in February last year amid a report that declared it wasn’t providing an acceptable quality of education to pupils.

But it has emphatically thrown off this stigma after a glowing report by inspectors from OFSTED (the Office for Standards in Education), who paid a two-day visit to the school early in July.

The ‘dramatic and rapid’ improvement has occurred since Ed Seeley took over as head of school and Julie Wardle, head teacher at Carlton Central Junior School, became a part-time executive head teacher at Edgewood.

Mr Seeley said everyone at Edgewood was ‘over the moon’ and felt that a ‘terrific job’ had been done.

Edgewood was judged to be ‘satisfactory’ in the areas of attainment and quality of teaching and ‘good’ — the second highest grade — for behaviour and safety and for leadership and management.

Edgewood’s early years foundation stage was judged as a strength of the school and the inspectors noted that children made good progress in it.

In his report, the lead inspector, Jeremy Spencer, said: “The school has responded well to issues identified. Almost all pupils now engage well in learning and demonstrate good learning behaviour.

“Teachers use sharply-focused learning objectives in almost all lessons and pupils have a much better understanding of what they are learning to do.”

One parent commented to the inspectors: “This is not the same school it once was. There have been huge improvements to teaching. I wouldn’t want my children to be anywhere else.”

To improve further, the inspectors urged a revision of Edgewood’s curriculum so that it becomes more stimulating and enjoyable and encourages improved links with the community.

Other recommendations were to aim for more consistency in maths and enable pupils to write at length on different subjects.

Greater challenges were thought to be needed for more able pupils plus more frequent opportunities for children to discuss learning with each other.

The inspectors noted that attendances were below-average but improving.

In a letter to pupils, the inspectors said they should feel ‘very proud’ of their school.

n OUR PHOTO shows head teacher Ed Seeley and pupils celebrating the OFSTED thumbs-up — DISPIC NHUD12-1923-1