Ironville and Codnor Park Primary School is 'inadequate'

An action plan is set to be put in place to improve standards at a primary school following a visit by Government education inspectors.
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Two inspectors from Ofsted visited Ironville and Codnor Park Primary School in Victoria Street, Ironville, on two separate days in October.

The school was judged to be inadequate after two previous inspections identified the school as requiring improvement.

During their visit, inspectors noted weaknesses including:

• Insufficient improvement in the quality of teaching

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• Teachers’ expectations of what pupils can achieve is not high enough

• The quality of teaching basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics is not good enough. Pupils do not make the progress they should. Many pupils do not read confidently

• Governors have not made sure that leaders have spent effectively the funding to help improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils

Inspectors found the school has some strengths:

• Pupils with special educational needs or disabilities are well supported and most make good progress

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• Most pupils are well-behaved with positive attitudes to learning and school

• Pupils have confidence in staff to sort out any worries they have

Joint headteachers Lesley Bowmar and Jane Parker said: “We would like to reassure parents and carers that we remain committed to giving every child the best possible education.

“We are pleased that the report highlights the things we already do well.

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“We are working closely with the local authority to draw up an improved action plan which addresses the issues raised by the inspectors in order to build on our strengths and raise achievement.

“We are extremely proud of all our children and we hope that parents and carers will continue to support us on our journey of improvement.

“We are confident that by working together we can all look forward to a bright future for our school.”

Councillor Caitlin Bisknell, Derbyshire County Council’s deputy cabinet member for children’s services, added: “I want to reassure parents that our education advisors will work closely with the school’s leadership team and governors to support their work in following the report’s recommendations, making clear plans to address the issues highlighted and raising standards.”

View the full report and reports for other schools on