‘Inadequate’ primary school placed in special measures

  • Ofsted highlights ‘significant failures’
  • Meeting with parents to discuss improvement plan
  • School ‘very disappointed’ with rating

Hawkes Farm Primary School has been placed in special measures after being judged ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted.

The school, in Hawks Road, Hailsham, recently underwent a two-day inspection – and lead inspector Alan Taylor-Bennett ruled it was “failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education”.

In his report, Mr Taylor-Bennett said the effectiveness of the school’s leadership and the quality of teaching were both ‘inadequate’, while the children’s personal development, behaviour and welfare were judged as ‘requires improvement’.

The only area to be rated ‘good’ was the early years provision.

The report stated: “There are significant failures in key aspects of the school’s work. For example, the management of teachers’ performance is ineffective.”

It added: “Too few pupils make enough progress in reading and writing over Key Stage 2. Boys’ progress in these subjects is particularly weak.”

Headteacher Valerie Cobb has been absent from the school since May 2015, for health reasons, and deputy head Michelle Burbidge has been acting headteacher since then.

In a letter to parents, she wrote: “We are very disappointed to inform you that the school has been judged to require special measures. We fully understand the huge impact this will have on the whole school community.”

Mrs Burbidge added: “We began working with a senior manager from the local authority immediately that the verbal feedback from the inspection was given.

“A new and detailed school improvement plan has been written.

“The plan addresses the key issues raised in the report and gives clear timescales for their completion. This is to ensure rapid and sustained improvements in outcomes for all children.”

School governors will discuss the report and outline the school’s improvement plan at a meeting with parents on Tuesday (January 5), starting at 6pm in the school hall.

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