THE first steps on the road to improvement have been made, according to the latest Ofsted report on a Daventry school in Special Measures.
Abbey Junior School in Vicar Lane was given the lowest rating in a report in June which led to a follow up visit and revised report from the inspectors last week.
In this Ofsted have judged the school to be making ‘reasonable progress’ in getting out of Special Measures.
Liza Davies, acting headteacher, said: “We are very pleased the inspectors are viewing the school as making reasonable progress. We are in complete agreement with all of the aspects of the report.
“This is the first stage of getting the school out of Special Measures and it is something that we have successfully hurdled.”
Following the school’s downgrading from Satisfactory this year Ofsted will visit the school every term until the government body awards a Good rating.
Ms Davies added: “My job now is to work with the inspectors and ensure the right progress is being made for us to eventually become a good school.
“I think this rating shows to the children and the parents that we are making good progress and it is a case now that we can look forward to further improving.”
The school is due to have its next visit in February and plans are already in place to make more improvements before this visit.
Ms Davies said: “We have a new teacher starting in January and we are working with other members of staff to carry out learning improvement.
“We are not out of Special Measures but we will be looking to be out of it during the first term of the new academic year. That is the target and if we can carry on the same path then I think we will achieve it.”
The Ofsted report was full of praise for the hard work carried out by Ms Davies following the last inspection.
It states: “The acting headteacher and acting deputy headteacher communicate their drive for improvement clearly to staff. Where there has been persistent inadequate teaching, swift action has been taken to remove it.
“The senior leadership team is making a determined effort to improve teaching, learning and behaviour.”