Wellingborough school ‘must address serious weaknesses’

Diamond Learning Community headteacher Cheryl Buckle
Diamond Learning Community headteacher Cheryl Buckle

A headteacher has vowed to make improvements after inspectors said the school has serious weaknesses.

The latest Ofsted report for Diamond Learning Community in Oakway, Wellingborough, says while the school has shown improvement in pupils’ attainment, it needs to make rapid progress to achieve higher results.

Staff at the school, which was an amalgamation of Oakway infants and junior schools and has only existed for one academic year, are disappointed with the report which described its overall effectiveness as inadequate, but said it was not unexpected due to the changes.

Headteacher Cheryl Buckle said: “We know all the good things we do here and we have the necessary building blocks to continue to improve.

“We are very aware of the areas we need to further develop to ensure school improvement.

“We are determined to do better and get better.”

There were some positives, including praise for the headteacher, senior leaders and governing body who ensured the amalgamation went smoothly and that attendance and punctuality have improved and are now average.

Improvements needed include improving the quality of teaching and raising achievement in all subjects, particularly in writing.

Meetings are being held for parents to hear details of the action plan for progress.