‘Inadequate’ standards at Clipstone’s Samuel Barlow Primary School

NMAC11-1347-1''Clipstone, Samuel Barlow School
NMAC11-1347-1''Clipstone, Samuel Barlow School

A PRIMARY school is in special measures after inspectors uncovered ‘inadequate’ standards of education and low attendance.

Ofsted also said Clipstone’s Samuel Barlow school was responsible for ‘weak’ standards of writing and said governors had been negligent in allowing a budget deficit to develop.

School bosses said steps had been taken immediately to turn the school around after inspectors visited in March.

The resulting report, released on 10th May, says: “The school requires special measures because it is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education.

“The persons responsible for leading, managing and governing the school are not demonstrating the capacity for the necessary improvement.”

Inspectors will now visit each term to check the progress of the school, which caters for 276 children aged three to 11.

Lead inspector Lynne Blakelock delivered an ‘inadequate’ rating for the school’s effectiveness and capacity for improvement.

“Attendance has been exceptionally low for three years and shows little sign of improvement.

“The governing body has also been negligent in allowing a budget deficit to develop.”

Classes will reduce in the next academic year because of the deficit, the report adds.

Positives included praise for ‘satisfactory and improving’ leadership of the early years foundation stage.

‘Friendly day-to-day communication’ with parents was also highlighted.

In a statement, the school’s leadership said: “We recognise the report and measures are in place already to move the school forward with immediate effect in order to make improvements.

“We’re very positive about moving forward.”

Chairman of governors Marion Burrell said: “We are pulling out all the stops and I’m confident we will do it and get the school back to where it should be.

“I only became chair in September and as soon as I became aware of the problems with the budget measures were put in place immediately.”