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Primary school 'very pleased' with progress after improved Ofsted rating

PUBLISHED: 10:51 12 March 2019

Grove Primary School in Carlton Colville has now improved its Ofsted rating following a recent inspection. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Grove Primary School in Carlton Colville has now improved its Ofsted rating following a recent inspection. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A primary school which was previously placed in special measures has been praised for its progress by Ofsted inspectors.

Grove Primary School in Carlton Colville has now improved its Ofsted rating following a recent inspection. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYGrove Primary School in Carlton Colville has now improved its Ofsted rating following a recent inspection. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Grove Primary, in Carlton Colville, was rated as inadequate by the education watchdog Ofsted after an inspection in March 2017.

But the school in Framfield Road has now improved its Ofsted rating following a recent inspection.

With the school now rated as requires improvement, with ‘good’ leadership and management and ‘good’ personal development, behaviour and welfare, Rae Aldous, executive headteacher of Grove Primary School, said: “We are very pleased that inspectors have now judged the effectiveness of leadership and management, as well as personal development, behaviour and welfare, as good.

“It demonstrates the brilliant dedication of our children, staff and community to make the school the best it can be in such a short space of time.

“With the strong leadership foundations now in place, we are confident further improvements are already taking place.

“I want to thank everyone at the school for their continued support.”

The school – part of the Active Learning Trust – was praised for maintaining a bright, welcoming, safe and secure environment and the report commended the senior leadership team for having high expectations and a clear understanding of what constitutes effective teaching and learning.

The report states: “Leaders have been single-minded in pursuing their improvement strategy with success.

“They have eradicated all inadequate teaching and are working determinedly to establish consistently good teaching.

“Staff are increasingly sharing leaders’ high expectations and, as a result, are working hard to secure the changes that are necessary.”

The report comes a week after the Active Learning Trust became one of the first multi-academy trusts in the country to receive the new summary evaluation review by Ofsted – receiving glowing comments about the effectiveness of the Trust and its schools.

Clive Bush, acting chief executive officer for The Active Learning Trust, added: “We are very pleased by the progress made at Grove Primary School in the last couple of years.

“For leadership and management to jump to ‘good’ in such a short space of time is an incredible achievement and one that the school should be very proud of.”

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