Cannock primary school now improving say Ofsted inspectors

A school that was put under special measures has made satisfactory improvements, according to a government watchdog.

Bridgtown Primary School on North Street, Cannock, has been praised for its improvements since June by Ofsted. According to the report, significant improvements have been made in the early years classes, as well as in attendance and parents’ confidence. It added that teaching quality is ‘improving steadily with the proportion of good teaching increasing’.

When inspectors visited, they reported good teaching was ‘evident in two-thirds of the lessons seen, while the other third requires improvement’.

In 2011 the school failed to meet government standards, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Headteacher at the school, Joanna Raybould, says the school has worked ‘really, really hard’ to improve.

Mrs Raybould, who has been headteacher at Bridgtown Primary for three-and-a-half years, said: “It’s a positive report in a lot of areas. We’re quite pleased with it really.

“We’ve put a lot of measures in place to improve things at the school, and we’ve upped the pace of teaching and learning. Although, some measures will take time to take effect. Hopefully we can move into a ‘good’ report by next time, although so far we’re happy to come out with a ‘satisfactory’ report. All the parents have been sent a copy.

“We’ve all worked really, really hard to pull ourselves out of special measures.”

The report says that the restructuring of the school leadership team is now complete.

Two teachers have resigned, but five new governors have been appointed.

Ofsted’s praise of the school came despite it suffering a double tragedy during the summer when two members of staff – an office worker and a teaching assistant – died.

A memorial service has been held in tribute to the staff members.