School given ‘inadequate’ rating by Ofsted

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The headteacher of a primary school graded as inadequate says she hopes the school’s standards are improved rapidly.

Lynn Kirk, headteacher at Princes Risborough Primary School said she was ‘disappointed’ with the report.

It said that teaching was weak, persistent absence was too high and that leaders had not halted the school’s decline.

Mrs Kirk said: “We are clearly disappointed with the outcomes of the report, however all staff and governors are committed to ensuring that standards are improving rapidly.”

Whilst the report identified clear areas for improvement, the inspectors praised the staff’s approach to protecting pupils from harm, the well-mannered nature of pupils and that standards in the Early Years / Key Stage 1 had improved.

It noted the efforts of Mrs Kirk, who joined the school in January 2015, for identifying areas of concern and implementing systems to halt a decline in teaching standards. The report indicates that things are heading ‘in the right direction for the school’, but that the strategies put in place ‘have not had time to have a positive effect on accelerating pupil’s progress’.

Mrs Kirk added: “We will be working in conjunction with the Buckinghamshire Learning Trust and Wycombe and the Marlow Teaching Alliance to ensure that all the areas of concern identified in the report are addressed.”