Positive report for Ashfield school placed in special measures

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Leaders and managers at an Ashfield school deemed inadequate are taking effective action towards it being removed from special measures, say OFSTED.

OFSTED inspectors who visited Kirkby College in January placed it in special measures after it was judged inadequate in all categories.

They found dsyfunctional leadership, pupils making limited progress and declining attendance.

Now a report based on the first monitoring inspection in July has found that the school’s improvement plan and statement of action were both fit for purpose.

The report states “Since the previous inspection, the school has experienced significant turbulence in staffing within the senior leadership team. Despite this, the current leadership team,

led by the acting headteacher, has worked swiftly to bring about the necessary improvements in the school.”

It said the acting headteacher has wasted no time in drawing up and implementing an effective action plan for improvement.

Leaders have rightly prioritised the safeguarding of pupils, improving the school environment, pupils’ behaviour and the quality of teaching. The report adds: “The acting headteacher has a clear vision for improvement, accompanied by high expectations of all staff, and this has been successfully communicated to all. Staff have praised the acting headteacher and current senior team for fostering a new and shared culture of trust, belief and cooperation.”