School put in special measures

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A Wellingborough primary school has been placed in special measures after schools inspectors described its teaching and achievement by pupils as inadequate.

Ofsted inspectors visited Olympic Primary School in May and they found the recently amalgamated school was failing to meet standards in its overall effectiveness, achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.

Olympic Primary School was formed following the approval of the amalgamation of Hardwick Junior and Infants Schools last year.

Lead inspector Joseph Peacock said in his report: “We found that while the school has some strengths, it also needs to improve quickly. We have placed it in special measures.

“This means the school will receive extra help, support and advice, and inspectors will visit regularly to check on

progress.”

The report also states: “This school requires special measures because it is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the persons responsible for leading, managing or governing the school are not demonstrating the capacity to secure the necessary improvement.

”The school is not satisfactory because too many pupils make inadequate progress and leaders have not been effective in tackling inconsistencies in teaching or the management of behaviour.

”Achievement is inadequate. Attainment is consistently well below average in Key Stages 1 and 2 and shows little improvement. Too many pupils make insufficient progress over time except for children in the Early Years Foundation

Stage, who make expected progress.”

Mr Peacock said the schools’ strengths included children being able to settle quickly in reception and

make satisfactory progress, the headteacher and the governing body have managed all the staff changes effectively since the two schools amalgamated and that most pupils get on well with teachers.

The school has now been instructed to ensure faster progress is made and pupils are given more opportunities to

practise literacy and numeracy skills.

Staff have also been instructed to ensure that all pupils are given work which challenges them, and to make sure all staff are as good as the headteacher in dealing with unacceptable behaviour, including bullying.