Olympic Primary School working hard to improve

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A school says it is working hard to improve after Ofsted inspectors placed it in special measures.

Olympic Primary School in Wellingborough was placed in special measures after inspectors paid a two-day visit there in May.

In the inspectors’ report, which was published last week, the school was rated at grade four – inadequate – across the board.

The report said too many pupils at the school made “inadequate progress”. It said the teaching was “inadequate” and “ranges too much in quality”.

Olympic Primary School was created following the amalgamation of Hardwick infants and junior schools.

A new school building is being built on the former infants school site and is due to be finished this summer.

In a letter to parents following the publication of the Ofsted report, the school’s headteacher Sharon Geater said: “Despite the disappointment with the outcome of the inspection, we are confident that with your continued support and the commitment of our school staff we can make the necessary improvements.

“As a school we already had been working hard on all of the areas identified from the inspection. The inspectors felt that due to the current challenging circumstances of the school such as the amalgamation and substantial building works that the progress had not been rapid enough.”

She said the Ofsted inspectors had praised the school for the good work it had done with parents on improving attendance and punctuality rates.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said: “The school has faced a number of challenges in recent times but they have identified the steps that need to be taken to bring about the required improvement.”