Matlock school in special measures

Standards in reading, writing and mathematics are cause for concern at a failing school following a visit from educational inspectors.

Castle View Primary School, in School Road, Matlock, has been deemed ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted inspectors who have placed it in special measures.

Following the inspection in July this year, it was also found that teachers did not have high enough expectations leading to low achievement in the classroom and pupils behaviour needed improvement.

A plan of action has now been put in place to raise standards at the school, which has 125 pupils aged between three and 11 years old.

Recommendations made for the school include improving lesson planning, developing the role of the senior leadership team and the creation of targets to sustain improvement.

Head teacher Clare Peat, who was appointed in April this year, said: “We’re obviously disappointed to be in special measures but we’re confident the issues highlighted in the report can and will be rapidly put right so all our pupils get the best possible education.

“We’ve already done a lot of work which is raising standards and during the inspection good and outstanding teaching was observed.

“We’re building on our strengths so we provide a first–rate learning experience across the board.”

Despite the findings of the report, some have leapt to the defence of the school.

Alex Dodds said: “As a parent of a child who attends Castle View Primary School, I feel its my duty to inform you that despite its judgement by Ofsted, Castle View does not feel like a failing school.

“My daughter is not only very happy there but she enjoys her learning and makes good progress.

“Having read the report thoroughly I would agree wholeheartedly that the new head teacher has made a significant positive impact in the short time that she has been in post and the general feeling amongst parents in my view is one of support not only for Mrs Peat but also the staff and governors in moving forwards.”