Northampton primary school put into special measures four years after being rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted

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The headteacher of a Northampton primary school which has been put into special measures four years after being rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted has said she does not feel the judgement is the right reflection of the school.

Iris McBrearty, who has been head of Stimpson Avenue Primary School for more than 10 years, said she was devastated the school had been rated “inadequate” by Ofsted but was determined to prove the inspectors wrong.

She said: “There’s no way we’ll stay at this level. Since 2001 we’ve always been a good or outstanding school.

“We never want to be in this category and we’ve never been judged in this category. We’ll do everything we can to get out of special measures.”

Following an inspection on July 2, an Ofsted report said the school is ‘inadequate’ because pupils are “not given work which is sufficiently challenging, at the right level or effectively matched to their specific needs and capabilities.”

The 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.