A Coventry school has been
told it needs to take special measures to improve following a
Ofsted inspectors decided that
Gosford Park Primary School in Humber Avenue, Stoke, should be put in
the special category after a two-day visit on 31 January and 1
They said that the school
needed to go into special measures because “it is failing to give
its pupils an acceptable standard of education.”
A previous inspection in
November 1998 revealed that the school had serious weaknesses.
The governors, headteacher,
staff and education authority have been told to focus on certain areas
to improve the pupils’ education.
They have been ordered to:
the level of achievement in English, maths and science through the
school and use assessment to ensure that individual pupils make
the progress they are capable of.
pupils’ attitude to work and their behaviour throughout the day
teachers’ expectations of what pupils can achieve, of their
attitudes to work an their behaviour.
that the headteacher, senior staff and governors monitor the work
of the school closely and evaluate its progress.
Headteacher Judith Olney said:
“The staff and governors
are committed to raising standards and are already taking action to
improve the quality of education at the school.
Jim Muncey, Chief Advisor for
Coventry City Council Education Department said:
“The report recognised
that the school had been through a difficult period, including
considerable staff absence at a senior level.,
“The current headteacher
took up her appointment in January 1999, and has succeeded in
raising the morale of the teaching staff, providing stability and
“As yet some of her
actions to raise standards at the school have not yet had time to
impact on pupils’ attainment.
“Coventry City Council’s
educations service will continue to work closely with the
headteacher staff and governors in producing and implementing an
action plan, designed to raise standards, monitor the work of the
school and evaluate progress.”
Cllr George Duggins, chairman
of the Education and Cultural Affairs Policy Co-ordinating Committee,
“Obviously this is a great
disappointment for both the school and the LEA.
will be doing all we can and continuing our efforts to ensure the
school comes out of special measures as soon as possible.”