Northampton primary school in special measures is improving, Ofsted inspectors find

Lumbertubs Primary School has received a positive Ofsted report (Pic from Lumbertubs Primary School Twitter)

Lumbertubs Primary School has received a positive Ofsted report (Pic from Lumbertubs Primary School Twitter)

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A primary school in Northampton that has been in special measures for the past 18 months is showing signs of improvement, Ofsted inspectors have found.

Lumbertubs Primary School, which is an academy sponsored by Collaborative Academies Trust, was rated “inadequate” following an insepction in May 2014.

But a report of a follow-up visit to the school last month states the school is taking “effective action” towards the removal of special measures.

The report states: “The academy continues to work hard to ensure the gaps in pupils’ attainment close quickly in mathematics, reading and writing.

“The percentage of pupils who make more than expected progress in all three subjects has increased since the last inspection.

“Writing outcomes have improved because pupils have more opportunities to practise their skills and, as a result, they make better progress. “However, there are still wide gaps between the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and their peers, particularly the combined attainment in mathematics, reading and writing, especially in upper Key Stage 2.”

Kevin Crossley, Chief Executive of The Collaborative Academies Trust said he was delighted that Lumbertubs was showing sustained improvement.

He said: “All credit must go to the hard work of all the staff and governors at the school.

“This latest news follows on from the good news from Kingsthorpe College last year and the excellent programme at Spring Lane, recognised by the Department of Education.”