Sutton’s Croft Primary School slips into special measures

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A SUTTON primary school has been placed into special measures by education watchdogs following a damning inspection report.

Croft Primary School, on Station Road, was assessed as ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted inspectors who visited the school last month.

A number of failings were highlighted in the report including low attainment by pupils in years two and six - especially in mathematics - that youngsters do not make the progress expected of them and that the curriculum is not planned carefully enough to enable pupils to move forward.

The report states that ‘this school requires special measures because it is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the persons responsible for leading, managing or governing the school are not demonstrating the capacity to secure the necessary improvement.’

But Coun Steven Carroll, chair of the school’s governors and a Nottinghamshire County and Ashfield District councillor, said that although upset with the findings, they are confident they can turn the school’s ailing fortunes around.

He said: “We have already been working with the county council to put an action plan in place, which has already started.

“The governing body will be meeting monthly to monitor and support the school.

“There’s going to be some significant support going in from the council as well and I think the school will come out of this a lot stronger.”

The inspection report also criticises the leadership and management of Croft, labelling the strategies put in place by headteacher Lizzie Blount to raise attainment as ‘ineffective’, the quality of teaching as ‘variable’ and commenting that long and short unplanned absences by staff have ‘disrupted pupils’ learning and hampered their progress’.

Some positive points were identified however, including the good range of popular after-school activities on offer, a strengthening of relationships between the school and parents and carers and satisfactory Early Years Foundation Stage provision.

Headteacher Mrs Blount said: “Whilst obviously disappointed with the outcomes of the report, the school is pleased that the Ofsted team acknowledged improvements in the Early Years Foundation Stage and that we have happy pupils who are enabled to be safe and lead healthy lifestyles.

“A well-attended meeting showed Croft has the backing of the majority of parents.

“All members of the school community are determined to make the necessary improvements swiftly.

“Important changes have already taken place and staff and governors are clearly focused on securing the best possible outcomes for Croft pupils.”