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School 'devastated' but determined to improve after Ofsted inspection

By Tamworth Herald  |  Posted: April 27, 2012

Greenacres headteacher Andy Goodeve

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A TAMWORTH primary school said this week it was "shocked and disappointed" after government inspectors said it was failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education.

Greenacres Primary, which has been judged as a good school since 2006, has now been placed into special measures by Ofsted inspectors.

But school leaders said they were ready to take on the challenge to help the school "regain its reputation as one of the best schools in Tamworth".

"It's been devastating news for us as a school as we've always prided ourselves on offering a balanced and motivational environment for children," said headteacher Andy Goodeve.

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"But we have to take on board the findings of the inspectors and see this now as an opportunity to become a stronger school."

Inspectors visited the school in February and concluded that teaching, achievement and leadership at the school was now inadequate.

A report said children make good progress in reception classes but their levels of attainment were not built upon in Years 1 and 2.

Pupils also make slow progress in Years 3 to 6, inspectors said.

"Inspectors' findings do not concur with the more positive views of parents and carers about their children's progress over time," the report read.

"Pupils say they enjoy lessons and find most of them interesting, but they told inspectors that they would like to tackle more difficult work."

The report added: "Teaching does not make good enough use of the progress data the school has available and staff do not plan work that matches the needs of different pupils."

The behaviour and safety of pupils was said to be adequate, and pupils "enjoy many aspects" of the school.

But the report added that the school did not have the capacity for sustained improvement, and that the quality of education provided by the school had declined since it was last inspected in 2010.

The school said it had been aware of the decline but had already taken steps to address the issues.

Chair of governors Caroline Maddox said: "It's come as a shock to everyone here but we see this challenge as our opportunity to become a far stronger school with the additional support and intervention that we will receive from the local authority and Landau Forte, our academy sponsor.

"As a school we had already begun the process of converting to a Landau Forte academy so we hope that our transition will be a seamless one."

Greenacres is one of the first primary schools in Staffordshire to be inspected under the new Ofsted framework which places greater emphasis on data and over progress of children.

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