Progress brings Meden School out of special measures

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A SCHOOL in Warsop has been moved out of special measures after making ‘outstanding progress’.

Areas of the Meden School were described as ‘inadequate’ during a previous inspection by watchdog Ofsted, but headteacher David Hooker says staff have worked to turn the situation around.

He said: “During the recent Ofsted inspection, Meden has come out of special measures.

“The final report will follow, however, the school does not expect its findings to differ too much from the latest local authority monitoring visit report.”

The 1,300-pupil Burns Lane school was dumped into special measures last year for failing to give pupils an ‘acceptable standard of education’.

But the local authority report highlighted that ‘outstanding progress’ had been made since the previous visit, that they had managed to improve in less time than expected, that the leadership of achievement and teaching and learning is now regarded as ‘good’ and that leadership at senior and middle level now has an ‘increasing capacity to secure improvement’.

Meanwhile, the majority of lessons were regarded as ‘good’ or ‘better’ with no inadequate lessons observed.

Mr Hooker continued: “Of course we are delighted with Ofsted’s decision to remove special measures from the school and in particular the comments contained in the full report which will be published in the coming weeks.

“We cannot underestimate what a significant achievement this has been in such a short space of time. It is a reflection of how hard the students, staff and governors have worked over the last 12 months.

“This is a big step forward in returning Meden to its rightful place, as one of the leading schools in the Mansfield area.

“This will be validated by the record breaking results once again this summer. The community can have the confidence that Meden is once again providing the highest quality provision.”