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Primary School Placed In Special Measures

St Mary's Primary School Beaminster 2

10:42am 2nd October 2013
(Updated 8:43am 3rd October 2013)

A Beaminster School has been placed in “special measures”.

Ofsted inspectors visited St Mary’s Primary in June – and felt pupil’s weren’t getting an acceptable standard of education.

Acting headteacher Teri Goodinson said:

“We are disappointed that St Mary’s has been put in to special measures, but are doing everything we can to address the issues raised by Ofsted and are confident that we can turn the school around.”

Mrs Goodinson added:

“We know that we have some way to go, but I can assure parents that staff and governors are deeply committed to making the necessary changes and have a robust plan of action to make sure that we rapidly improve our standards”.

They’re now working with the county council to – improve leadership and management – raise teaching standards and reduce pupil absence.

Ofsted did identify a number of strengths during the school’s inspection. Inspectors said that:

  • children in the reception class settle into school well, improve their communication and language skills quickly and make good progress by the time they move into year one.
  • the school organises a variety of visits and visitors that give pupils a good understanding of the local area as well as opportunities to become involved in community events.
  • pupils with disabilities and special educational needs are well cared for and make good progress.

Ofsted will carry on visiting the school regularly to assess its progress.



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