Head praises team effort as Shrewsbury school’s fortunes turned around

The headteacher of a primary school in Shrewsbury which has come out of special measures has thanked teachers, pupils and parents for helping to turn around its fortunes in less than two years.

Staff and pupils from Harlescott Junior School celebrate the news that the school has come out of special measures
Staff and pupils from Harlescott Junior School celebrate the news that the school has come out of special measures

Stephanie Peters said the turnaround in the fortunes of Harlescott Junior School in Featherbed Lane was testament to the hard work of everyone involved. She hailed it as a “real team effort”.

The school was placed in special measures in November 2011 after a report by Ofsted inspectors said it was providing “inadequate education”.

But it has now been listed as a “good school” following the publication of the results of a new inspection that took place in July.

Mrs Peters said: “The staff worked incredibly hard and it has been a real team effort from teachers, pupils and parents. It has been a superb team effort.”

The report which was published earlier this week said there had been a number of improvements in standards.

It said that at the time of the previous inspection, attainment in Year 6 was in decline in both English and mathematics, and the school “did not meet the Government’s floor standards”. But it reported that attainment in Year 6 has “improved markedly” over the last two years.

It also stated that teaching and management standards have got better.

“Teaching has improved because of the rigorous, week by week monitoring of planning and pupils’ learning coupled with high quality training which is linked to the needs of individual staff,” it said.

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Tony in BC

Featherbed Lane school .... brings back memories.. good to know that pupils are performing well today. In the past I believe we were top achievers in spite of the dreadful conditions in the school - sometimes no heating or even water... there were air- raid shelters then, and the car park in front of the school was a garden where students worked to grow veges for the school kitchen. Mrs. Brookfield used to cook the dinners on an old solid fuel stove.... I think those dinners saved us all from near starvation.

But it was those formative years that framed our lives - and made so many of us who graduated from that Spartan environment to be so incredibly successful in later years. And I, like so many of my schoolmates, must thank those often, mean spirited teachers, who demanded such high standards from the kids who attended that great school.