‘We will improve school’

Brierley Forest Primary and Nursery School, Westbourne View, Sutton-in-Ashfield
Brierley Forest Primary and Nursery School, Westbourne View, Sutton-in-Ashfield

School leaders have pledged to transform an Ashfield school ordered to improve by education inspectors.

Brierley Forest Primary School has been found to require improvement follwing the inspection by education watchdog Ofsted.

The school had been rated good at its last inspection in 2014.

However, inspectors said the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development and welfare all require improvement.

However, they said leaders and governors have an increasingly accurate understanding of the Westbourne View school’s strengths and weaknesses and have started to reverse the decline in pupils’ attainment.

Diane Ward, executive headteacher, said: “As the new leadership team, we are delighted the latest Ofsted report recognises and supports the recent developments and positive changes we have made in school and praises the level of care we offer our children.

“We are particularly pleased to be considered a school with ‘a well-established culture of safeguarding’ where ‘pupils feel and are kept safe by well-trained and knowledgeable staff’.

“Although the school is currently judged to require improvement in this latest Ofsted inspection, we are encouraged that inspectors have rated the school’s leadership and management as ‘good’ and importantly recognised that we have started to reverse the decline in pupils’ attainment and that children in the early years foundation stage are now making rapid progress.

“It’s also very encouraging that the report highlights improvements in the children’s attitude to learning and pride they take in their written work.

“The report is clear about the areas where we need to continue to focus and we are already prioritising these in our school development plan.

“We will be keeping parents up to date with the progress we are making.

“And we will also be holding regular ‘learning cafés’, so that we can share details of their child’s learning with parents.

“We are confident that we will further improve our grading at our next Ofsted inspection.”