School making good progress says watchdog

Photo: David Hurst'Boundary Primary School, Dinmore Avenue, Grange Park, Blackpool.
Photo: David Hurst'Boundary Primary School, Dinmore Avenue, Grange Park, Blackpool.
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A school under pressure to improve is making “effective” progress.

Ofsted visited Boundary Primary School, Grange Park, in March where it found school bosses needed to make some rapid changes, and labelled it as “requiring improvement”.

The large Dinmore Avenue school was told improvements were needed in every area, from teaching and learning, to staffing, governance and pupil behaviour.

Now, after a follow-up visit by the independent inspectorate, school leaders have been assured they are “improving” and their actions taken so far are “effective”.

Inspector John Nixon said: “You have acted quickly to identify and plan appropriate actions which are set out in a well-structured action plan.”

But the criteria is “not clear enough.” Though this was found to be recognised by the school. Where maths work had been found to be requiring improvement, it is now “improving”.

The rating, given in April, followed a “period of significant change”, including a high staff turnover and changes to governance.

The school, led by headteacher Christina Maddison-Muchlinski, will have further staff changes from September, including the arrival of new teachers for whom the report said there are clear plans in place to ensure they quickly make an impact.

And the inspector said: “Governors are growing in their confidence and have heightened their expectations.”

Pupils were also praised for “proudly” acting as ambassadors for the school.