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Telford school no longer in special measures

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Students and staff are celebrating after pulling their school out of special measures.

The Telford Park School with head of school Holly Rigby

The Telford Park School has revealed it will no longer be included under the rating following a recent visit from Ofsted inspectors.

It will now be rated overall as "requires improvement" while inspectors have also rated some areas as "good".

The school in Stirchley had previously been under watch from the regulatory body after inspectors found the school had "weak" standards of literacy and numeracy.

However after improvements were made by staff at the school, formerly known as Lakeside Academy, teachers are now celebrating the progress shown in its latest report.

Inspectors were particularly impressed with leadership at the school, which they rated "good".

Head of School, Holly Rigby, said: “We are very encouraged by this report and remain committed to securing further improvements to ensure the very best outcomes for all of our students.

"Their achievements in all aspects of school life are of our utmost priority”.

The school is part of the Community Academies Trust along with The Telford Langley School, in Dawley, which also turned round its fortunes by being taken out of special measures earlier this year.

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At the time, Telford Park School was not removed from special measures but was recognised for the effort staff have put in to improve.

Chief executive officer of the trust Philip Hamilton said he is pleased with the latest change in status and described it as an "important milestone".

He said: “This is wonderful news.

"Strong leadership in the school at all levels has supported a talented team of staff to make a real difference. Young people throughout the Telford Park School are now making progress in a disciplined environment where there is real momentum for even further improvements.

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"Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved in achieving this important milestone.”

The report, which is expected to be published later this week, said that “effective monitoring and evaluation by senior leaders have led to improvements in teaching, learning and behaviour.”

The report also says students are now making more rapid progress in their learning and praised the high standard of pupil behaviour.

It comes following previous reports produced by inspectors said the school was “taking effective action towards the removal of special measures”.

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