Wellingborough primary school placed into special measures

Victoria Primary School headteacher Gurdip Kaur.
Victoria Primary School headteacher Gurdip Kaur.

A Wellingborough primary school has been placed into special measures, after a recent Ofsted inspection.

Victoria Primary School, in Finedon Road, has been placed into special measures by the education standards watchdog Ofsted, after it was rated as ‘inadequate,’ the lowest possible rating, by inspectors.

The inspection rated the school as inadequate for the achievement of pupils, the quality of teaching, and leadership and management - three of the four assessment areas.

The report highlighted a number of issues in the school, and stated that: “Leaders have not been effective in improving the quality of teaching and driving up standards in English and mathematics since the previous inspection. As a result, pupils’ achievement remains inadequate.”

It added that some pupils’ attention drifts when lessons fail to engage their interest.

The report also said the school’s governing board were not ‘fully aware’ of the school’s weaknesses, it said: “ The governing body is not fully aware of the extent of the school’s weaknesses and it has not held senior leaders to account.”

However, in a statement from the school, signed by the headteacher Gurdip Kaur and the chair of governors Neil Kipling, it said that it remains confident the school will make the necessary improvements.

The statement said: “Despite the disappointment with the outcome of the inspection, we are confident that with the continued support and commitment of parents and 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. We have been working with the local authority to write a new action plan outlining the actions we propose to take.

“We are proud that the inspectors have highlighted many good aspects of our school: they felt that the teaching of drama was helping pupils become confident speakers.

“Teaching of phonics is beginning to improve reading across the school. They also stated pupils behaved responsibly and felt safe at school. Teaching in some classes was getting better and secured faster progress.

“They praised us for children who were in the early stage of learning English making rapid progress due to extra support given to them.”

The statement added: “We will continue all the good work we have started and make sure that the quality of teaching and learning continues to improve.

“We will be closely checking pupils’ understanding of what they are learning and comment precisely on their achievement. We will also build on what pupils can already do, know and understand.

“We are committed to all our pupils and are already putting actions into place to address the areas Ofsted have identified as areas needing improvement. We are determined to move the school out of a category as quickly as we can”.

The school was inspected over two days on Thursday May 9 and Friday May 10.