School improving but ‘could do better’

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A crisis-hit school which was put into special measures by Government inspectors is on the road to recovery.

But Deepdale Junior School, in Preston, has a long way to go before it is out of serious trouble. The school was slammed as inadequate after an Ofsted inspection at the end of 2013. Now inspectors have returned to check up on progress to raise standards.

Although things are moving very slowly HM Inspector Allan Torr said the school’s improvement plan was fit for purpose.

He said: “Since the inspection the acting headteacher and her deputy have been highly effective in stabilising the school and providing leadership the school needed. “

The inspector added: “They have amended and improved existing school systems and established others which should have been in place.”

However, he added that a major barrier to progress was lack of stability in the teaching staff and leadership.

Mr Torr said: “The acting headteacher is temporary until the spring, so there is more disruption to come as the governing body searches for a long-term solution.”

Lancashire County Council has arranged for two assistant headteachers to join the school in January on a temporary basis to help school leaders.

Debbie Boughen, acting headteacher, and David Foster, chairman of governors for Deepdale Juniors, said: “We are very pleased with the successful outcome of our first monitoring visit since being placed in ‘special measures’.

“The inspector recognised we have been ‘highly effective’ in making significant improvements and was particularly impressed with our action planning. We welcomed his useful suggestions as we strive to make Deepdale Juniors a good school.

“Parents have also been very positive about our progress and LCC has been extremely supportive.”