School's progress recognised by Ofsted

By David Newble

Thursday, February 13, 2014


A TROUBLED Isle of Wight primary school is making 'reasonable progress’ towards being removed from special measures according to Ofsted.

A monitoring inspection of the Barton Primary School, Newport, carried out by Ofsted in January, revealed accurate assessments were now in place for all pupils in reading, writing and maths, providing a firm foundation for the school can judge pupil progress.

As previously reported, the school was placed in special measures in July after it was branded inadequate by inspectors. Further criticism was heaped on the school last September when Ofsted claimed that neither the Isle of Wight Council’s statement of action, nor the school’s improvement plans, were fit for purpose.

A new interim executive board was subsequently put in place to help turn the troubled school around.

Its seven members include Carole Dennett, partner and parliamentary assistant of Island MP, Andrew Turner and Claire Willis, managing director of Isle of Wight Radio.

Teaching, planning and preparation had all improved, according to the report, however, the quality of marking was not consistently good.

The report found attendance had improved significantly and the head teacher and interim executive board were providing stronger leadership.

A statement of action provided by Hampshire County Council has also been judged as fit for purpose.

See the report below:

Barton Primary School and Early Years Centre Section 8 Inspection report



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by Peter Whiteman

14th February 2014, at 10:35:16

As a member of the IEB of Barton Primary, we are pleased with the progress we have made so far. The board will continue to work hard with our head Mark Snow & staff and I know we will achieve our goal to get our school out of special measures.

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by Keven Ball

13th February 2014, at 17:03:55

I do hope the school can continue making the right and positive progress required. Good luck to them.

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