Daventry school now in special measures

Falconer's Hill Junior School
Falconer's Hill Junior School
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Falconer’s Hill Junior School in Daventry has been put into special measures following a recent Government inspection.

The Ashby Road school was visited by Ofsted in October where it was judged inadequate in all areas including the achievement of pupils, quality of teaching and leadership and management. It was judged to be requiring improvement in the area of pupils’ behaviour and safety.

It had been judged satisfactory at the school’s last inspection in 2011.

Many parents have reacted angrily to the report.

One parent who asked to remain anonymous said: “I have a daughter and I’m having major concerns over her progress and future education. I think the school needs to make some drastic changes to their current set-up.

“If there wasn’t such a shortage on school placements in the area I would be pulling her out right now and placing her elsewhere.

“I’m absolutely disgusted and so are all of the other parents I have spoken to.”

The report criticised the infrastructure of the school. It said: “Leadership and management are inadequate. Strategies to improve pupils’ progress last year was ineffective. Governors have not been effective in holding the school to account for its work.”

Following the verdict, Ofsted will be making a visit to the school every term in a bid to drive improvements.

For reaction from the headteacher, see this week’s Daventry Express.