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"Inadequate" school placed in special measures

A Gloucestershire school has been rated as inadequate by Ofsted and placed in special measures.

Staff and governors at Drybrook Primary School, Forest of Dean are now working with Gloucestershire County Council to make improvements.

Ofsted, the schools watchdog, inspected the primary school in April and found it was inadequate in:

  • Effectiveness of leadership and management
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • Outcomes for pupils

Ofsted also found the school requires improvement in:

  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • Early years provision

Previously the school had an Ofsted rating of good and it says it is now working to improve standards and return to that category.

Responding to the report, head teacher at Drybrook Primary School Sara Albon expressed her disappointment at the outcome but said that she was determined to make improvements as soon as possible.

She said; "Naturally, we are disappointed with the report's findings. With the support of governors, staff, the county council and our parents, we will work hard to make the changes identified in Ofsted's report as soon as possible. Everyone at the school is absolutely committed to providing the best possible education for our pupils."

Matt Bishop from the board of governors, said: "By working with staff and the continued support of our parents, we are sure that we will be able to follow Ofsted's recommendations and rapidly improve the standards of the school."

A team from the county council will work closely with the school to address the issues identified by Ofsted.

Jane Lloyd-Davies, head of education performance and intervention at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "We are working closely with the headteacher, staff and board of governors to make sure there is a clear plan in place, so that the quality of teaching can improve rapidly and, most importantly, the rate of pupil progress increases as soon as possible."

The full report can be found at the Ofsted website: 

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