The headteacher of a Northampton primary school says she feels “devastated” by an Ofsted report which has rated her school “inadequate” just four years after it was judged as “outstanding”.
Iris McBrearty, who has been head of Stimpson Avenue Primary School for more than 10 years, said she was determined to prove that the inspectors, who visited on July 2, were wrong to place her school in special measures.
The report stated that the school was ‘inadequate’ because pupils were “not given work which was sufficiently challenging, at the right level or effectively matched to their specific needs and capabilities”.
Mrs McBrearty, who has previously led Castle Primary School out of special measures, said: “I feel devastated because the system makes you feel as if you are totally rubbish at your job.
“I did not recognise the school in the report and neither did the governors or staff.
“I am determined it will be the best it can be, depending on what we are allowed to be as a result of our data.
“I am so passionate about the children in this school otherwise I would not be here.”
Morcea Walker, chairman of governors at the school, said the governors were working closely with the headteacher to improve the school.
She said: “We were very shocked by the result, but we are working hard to get out of this situation.
“We are aware of the huge commitment made by members of staff.”
The Ofsted report said the quality of education had declined “significantly” since the last inspection because the quality of teaching had not been checked thoroughly and teachers were not helped to improve their skills.