New Addington primary school put into special measures
A PRIMARY school has been put into special measures after being criticised by Ofsted.
Inspectors who visited Wolsey Junior School in January say education there is "inadequate" and its leaders have not shown they can improve it without help.
The Department for Education (DfE) is now likely to put the school under academy control.
However, parents and governors have defended Wolsey, saying the Ofsted report is not a fair reflection of its standards.
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In a report released this week, lead Ofsted inspector Joanna Toulson singled out weaknesses in maths and said teachers' expectations were sometimes too low.
She said: "Achievement is inadequate because pupils' learning and progress in mathematics over time have been weak.
"The systems leaders use to evaluate the school's work have not been improved."
The school, in King Henry's Drive, now faces regular monitoring.
Chair of governors Carole Bonner said the report was "a great disappointment," coming after the school received its "best ever" SATs results last year and was doing well in key progress indicators.
Ninety-four per cent of its pupils made at least two levels of progress in literacy from Key Stage 1 last year, compared with 89 per cent nationally.
In maths, 84 per cent made the same progress, just three percentage points below the national average of 87 per cent.
Ms Bonner, who is also a Fieldway councillor, added that the school is addressing areas of concern.
She said: "For example, we have arranged training for all the governors to assist with their role in holding the school to account.
"We have completed a post-Ofsted action plan which is clearly focused on making rapid improvement against the targets Ofsted have set.
"We are in the process of adapting the maths planning in order for the children to have more opportunity to be active learners and we are closely monitoring teaching to ensure that it is of a consistently high standard."
Parent governor Jayne Laville defended the school and said she was "disgusted" with the report.
She said: "I don't agree with it at all. The simple fact is they are above the national figures. Why is it inadequate, especially when we are above national average?
"I think we are being pushed into becoming an academy. The children threw the letter from the school about the report in the bin – the children cherish that school."
A DfE spokesperson said: "We cannot just stand by if a school is failing children.
"Ministers are clear that the best way to turn round under-performing schools is with strong external challenge and support from Academy sponsors."
Head teacher Adeline Daly is holding a meeting for parents and carers to discuss the report tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6pm.