School must improve

Barrow Hill School
Barrow Hill School

HEADS of a popular Chesterfield school which has been placed into special measures have vowed to boost standards.

Education watchdogs from Ofsted have called for significant improvements following a two-day check of Barrow Hill Primary School on Station Road in the village.

Inspectors confirmed current leadership was having some impact and said the school is aware improvement is needed – but stated pupils do not make enough progress and highlighted an “inadequate quality of teaching.”

Consultant head David Smith said staff had started to work towards improving standards.

He added: “Obviously we’re disappointed to be given a notice to improve.

“But we’re committed to tackling the weaknesses identified to make sure pupils get the best possible education.”

Mr Smith said he was pleased inspectors recognised several strengths including the fact children enjoy going to school.

In a letter to pupils, lead inspector David Speakman said: “You are not getting a good enough education because you do not make enough progress in English and mathematics.”

He added: “We are confident that you will play your part in helping the school to improve by continuing to work hard and behave well.”

Cllr Mike Longden, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for education, said: “It’s always a worrying time when a school is judged to require special measures.

“We all want this popular school to be a good school where all pupils do well.

“Our advisors are working closely with the school and decisive, swift and positive action will secure the necessary improvements as quickly as possible,” he added.

Barrow Hill Primary School has 57 pupils aged three to 11.

Ofsted said a new headteacher has been appointed and will join the school next year

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