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Previously failing school praised by Ofsted inspectors
A SCHOOL previously judged as failing by Ofsted inspectors has turned itself around to receive a rating of good in every area.
Manor Fields Primary School in Salisbury was put into special measures in 2009 but inspectors returned to the school at the end of last year and have released a report praising the huge improvements in teaching, results and children’s behaviour.
Inspectors described the school as “fully inclusive”, with strong relationships that help pupils learn.
Children have made good progress in reading, writing and maths, and teachers have high expectations, setting challenging and interesting tasks.
Good planning helps children do well and inspectors noted that youngsters enjoy their lessons, with parents making many positive comments about the school.
Staff were described as “enthusiastic and ambitious”, working hard to monitor pupils’ progress with a clear plan of how to help them improve further.
“We are absolutely delighted with the report,” said headteacher Jo McMorrin who took the helm in 2010.
“To be graded good in all areas is a wonderful achievement. It is down to consistency and team work – everyone has pulled together.
“We have had great support from the local authority and our governors, and the children are well aware of how we all work as a team.”
The school is now working to further improve teaching as well as the attendance and punctuality of some pupils, and hopes to reach an outstanding grade next time.
“We are never complacent - we will continue to strive,” said Mrs McMorrin.
“However, we are incredibly optimistic about the future of the school. It is fantastic place to learn.”