Matlock school rejoices as academy threat is removed

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Teachers, pupils and parents at a primary school are celebrating after it was removed from special measures - meaning it has been saved from becoming an academy.

Education watchdog Ofsted has removed Castle View Primary School, in Matlock, from special measures, meaning it can no longer be subject to an academy order by the Government.

In a letter to Derbyshire County Council’s director of children’s services Ian Johnson, Lord Nash, Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Schools, wrote: “We have been notified by Ofsted that following a recent inspection the school no longer requires special measures.

“On this basis, Castle View is no longer eligible for intervention by the Secretary of State. Consequently, I have decided not to issue an academy order.”

Inspectors who visited the school on March 10 and 11 found rates of progress were increasing and all aspects of the school’s work had improved significantly since the last inspection.

The report highlights the inspirational leadership of head teacher Clare Peat and says governors are conscientious and direct resources to where they will have greatest impact.

Mrs Peat said: “I’m delighted that the inspectors have recognised the hard-work and dedication of the team here at Castle View. Being in special measures has been challenging but it’s testament to everyone involved with the school that together we have been able to make this remarkable turn-around.

“I’d also like to thank parents for their support through this very difficult time and I’d like to reassure them that we are continuing to make the improvements needed to become a good school.”

In order to be a good school, the inspectors said Castle View needs to improve the quality of teaching and raise achievement, particularly in maths, and for boys and pupils with special educational needs, as well as continue to develop the curriculum so that it provides opportunities for pupils to develop their understanding of and appreciation for other cultures

Chair of Governors Sarah Bradnock said: “This is great news.

“We have a clear understanding of what is needed to drive up standards further.”