Meden making grade

INSPECTORS say a school has made another significant step forward in its plan to get out of special measures.

Meden School was made subject to extra checks in March last year after watchdog Ofsted judged it ‘inadequate’.

Inspectors returned in September and again in January and published a new update this month.

They said the Warsop school has made ‘good’ progress since being made subject to the extra action.

Ofsted reporting inspector Dave Muir also said the school has moved forward well since September and can now employ newly-qualified teachers again.

“In the lessons observed during this inspection, there was good progress made in a large minority, with the rest of the lessons seen promoting satisfactory progress,” he wrote.

“No inadequate teaching was seen during this visit, which is a marked improvement on the 30 per cent of inadequate lessons seen in the original inspection last March.”

School leaders say they are ‘very pleased’ with the report but added more work needs to be done.

Since the previous inspection, the school has applied to the Department for Education to become an academy, which would give it more independence from Nottinghamshire County Council, including extra control over spending.

Said head of school Dave Hooker: “I am obviously very pleased with the report. It reflects the efforts of pupils, staff and governors and all the hard work they have put in.

“It is nice to have this validation from Ofsted but it is just one step on the journey.”

The Burns Lane school has around 1,300 pupils aged 11 to 18.