School to challenge special measures claim

BOSSES at an Ipswich primary school have vowed to challenge a decision to place it in special measures.

Bill Quinton, chair of the governing body at Ravenswood Primary School, said this morning that they did not agree with the outcome of the Ofsted inspection.

“The school has challenged the inspector’s findings, as it is felt that the report failed to take into account recent improvements, including significant improvement in standards,” he said.

Mr Quinton said SAT Level 4 results in maths had improved by 19% to 71% compared to last year and reading results had improved by 21% to 84%.

The school has also recently achieved the Basic Skills Quality Mark and been reaccredited with Healthy School Status.

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Meanwhile the final report also highlights many positive aspects of the school’s work including the relationships between staff and pupils, the fact that youngsters feel safe in the school, that students play an active role and make a good contribution to the school community and that they have a good understanding of how to keep fit and healthy.

Meanwhile it also said many pupils work hard in lessons, achievement in maths is improving, that attendance is getting better and that after school clubs and child care provision is appreciated by parents and carers.

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“Our pupils deserve the best education possible,” Mr Quinton added. “We will continue to work closely with pupils, families, staff and the local authority to ensure outcomes for young people continue to improve.”

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