Larkswood Primary School in Chingford 'improves significantly' after being put into special measures by Ofsted

A SCHOOL heavily criticised for poor teaching has improved significantly after being placed under special measures, according to a government watchdog.

Ofsted took action nine months ago after it found pupils were not getting the education they deserved at Larkswood Primary School in Chingford, with poor leadership blamed for the failings.

Standards dropped significantly at the school in New Road when it was left without a permanent headteacher in 2011.

Boys, disabled pupils and those from poor backgrounds were deemed to have been most let down.

Ofsted forced the school into making changes with a new headteacher, Lynne Harrowell, and two new senior staff brought in to address the problems.

Following the one of regular inspections under special measures, Ofsted said the school is now improving.

A report said boys are now performing nearly as well as girls, while the gap between children from poorer households and others has closed significantly.

Pupils are now encouraged to participate in lessons and teachers had greater expectations of what children could achieve.

Ofsted inspectors said: "In lessons, pupils work hard and sensibly.

"A particularly impressive feature is the way in which pupils support each other in lessons without prompting by the teacher or teaching assistant.

"Pupils work much harder in lessons and they are provided with more challenge and support."

But the school was criticised for not improving the progress of disabled pupils and those with special needs.

Mrs Harrowell said: "We're delighted overall. "The staff have worked incredibly hard all year and the parents here are amazing. They have given us so much support, it's been overwhelming.

"The children have worked very hard as well, they deserve a lot of credit.

"It's been a hard year for the school with a lot of change but the standards are definitely rising.

"It give us hope of getting out of special measures. We'll have another inspection in the autumn term and will see what happens."

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6:47pm Tue 10 Jul 12

moanalone says...

Progress since being subject to special measures – satisfactory. So still a lot of room for improvement.
Progress since being subject to special measures – satisfactory. So still a lot of room for improvement. moanalone

8:58pm Tue 10 Jul 12

James O'Rourke says...

moanalone wrote:
Progress since being subject to special measures – satisfactory. So still a lot of room for improvement.
As a Governor of a nearby primary school I'm acutely aware of the challenges faced by teaching staff.
Mrs Harrowell and her team should be congratulated rather than have cheap quips thrown at them.
If elected I will certainly support this school and all schools in the borough as I did when I was a Councillor between 2006-2010.

James O'Rourke
The Liberal Party Candidate in the Larkswood Ward by-election
[quote][p][bold]moanalone[/bold] wrote: Progress since being subject to special measures – satisfactory. So still a lot of room for improvement.[/p][/quote]As a Governor of a nearby primary school I'm acutely aware of the challenges faced by teaching staff. Mrs Harrowell and her team should be congratulated rather than have cheap quips thrown at them. If elected I will certainly support this school and all schools in the borough as I did when I was a Councillor between 2006-2010. James O'Rourke The Liberal Party Candidate in the Larkswood Ward by-election James O'Rourke

7:10am Wed 11 Jul 12

SpursSupporter1 says...

Well done for all the improvements keep up the obviously great work thats been done, my children dont attend this school but if they did then i as a parent would be more than happy the way things are going now
Well done for all the improvements keep up the obviously great work thats been done, my children dont attend this school but if they did then i as a parent would be more than happy the way things are going now SpursSupporter1

7:12am Wed 11 Jul 12

Helen, Walthamstow says...

Both of the above posters are correct.

Overall progress since special measures - satisfactory. Progress since last monitoring visit - good.

In Ofsted-speak, that means the school is well on the way to a full recovery, so the head and staff are to be congratulated.

The headline is misleading and the reporter is wrong to say "the school has been classified as good after Ofsted inspected it in June". The inspectors were measuring progress, not taking it out of special measures or classifying its overall performance.
Both of the above posters are correct. Overall progress since special measures - satisfactory. Progress since last monitoring visit - good. In Ofsted-speak, that means the school is well on the way to a full recovery, so the head and staff are to be congratulated. The headline is misleading and the reporter is wrong to say "the school has been classified as good after Ofsted inspected it in June". The inspectors were measuring progress, not taking it out of special measures or classifying its overall performance. Helen, Walthamstow

9:29pm Wed 11 Jul 12

WaltE17 says...

James O'Rourke wrote:
moanalone wrote:
Progress since being subject to special measures – satisfactory. So still a lot of room for improvement.
As a Governor of a nearby primary school I'm acutely aware of the challenges faced by teaching staff.
Mrs Harrowell and her team should be congratulated rather than have cheap quips thrown at them.
If elected I will certainly support this school and all schools in the borough as I did when I was a Councillor between 2006-2010.

James O'Rourke
The Liberal Party Candidate in the Larkswood Ward by-election
Just like you did as a liberal democrat, one half of the coalition that helped drag local schools down into the dirt?
[quote][p][bold]James O'Rourke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]moanalone[/bold] wrote: Progress since being subject to special measures – satisfactory. So still a lot of room for improvement.[/p][/quote]As a Governor of a nearby primary school I'm acutely aware of the challenges faced by teaching staff. Mrs Harrowell and her team should be congratulated rather than have cheap quips thrown at them. If elected I will certainly support this school and all schools in the borough as I did when I was a Councillor between 2006-2010. James O'Rourke The Liberal Party Candidate in the Larkswood Ward by-election[/p][/quote]Just like you did as a liberal democrat, one half of the coalition that helped drag local schools down into the dirt? WaltE17

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