A government inspector has praised the progress at a Daventry school which was put into special measures at the end of last year.
It was the first monitoring visit to Falconer’s Hill Junior School by Ofsted since the school was put into special measures in November.
The school has also revealed it was working with The David Ross Education Trust as a potential sponsor if it decides to become an academy. The firm already works with the primary schools in Welton and Newnham and The Abbey Academy in Daventry.
The monitoring visit, which will happen regularly until the school is out of special measures, saw Ofsted reviewing changes made at the school.
The inspector found that a new culture had developed at the school, and that an extensive programme of support has been organised, both through the local authority and the proposed academy sponsor, the David Ross Education Trust. It was also noted that at the time of the inspection these changes had led to improvements across the school, in part due to the “determination and drive” of the interim headteacher.
Interim headteacher, Rosalyne Peet, said: “Although the initial Ofsted inspection was not pleasant reading, I have been delighted by the response of the staff and the support we have received from the community. The atmosphere at the school is really starting to sparkle, and the inspector’s latest findings are a reflection of this.”
Ofsted also recognised that the school’s improvement plan and statement of action was “fit for purpose.”
Mrs Peet added: “There is still much to do, but it is clear that we are on the right track. The changes we have made, coupled by our proposed move to academy status, can only help our school to continue to improve.”