Formerly ‘good’ Northampton primary school now rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted

A primary school in Northampton has dropped from a “good” Ofsted rating to “inadequate” after its latest inspection.

Collingtree CofE Primary School has been placed in special measures after inspectors found leadership, governance and pupil outcomes were “inadequate”.

A report of the inspection carried out on June 28 and 29, states “far too many pupils underachieve and do not gain the greater depth of knowledge and skills of which they are capable in reading, writing and mathematics.”

The school was rated previously rated “good” after an Ofsted inspection in December 2011.

A report of the latest visit states: “Standards within the school have fallen rapidly since the last inspection. The leaders have not demonstrated the skills required to halt this decline.

”Governors have not been vigilant. They have been ineffective in making sure that leaders maintain a good quality of education for all pupils.

“In too many lessons, teachers do not use information about pupils’ starting points in order to plan for the pupils’ learning. Pupils’ progress is limited as a result.”

Inspectors found the most able pupils were “badly let down” as they are not challenged sufficiently and not enough thought is given to ways in which their knowledge can be deepened or their skills tested.

The school was also criticised for not ensuring pupils read frequently or taught correct grammar to improve their writing skills.

Cei Davies Linn, Chair of Governors at the school, said the school was already making changes to address some of the areas highlighted in the report.

She said: “We accept the findings of the report and with the new leadership team of the school, support of parents and hard work of staff we are already making progress against the priority areas.

“We also have the support of the Diocese and the Local Authority. We firmly believe the school has a bright and positive future.”

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