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Skipton school comes out of special measures

Skipton school comes out of special measures

Published at 2:47pm 1st December 2014. (Updated at 5:21pm 2nd December 2014)

Ings Community Primary and Nursery School in Skipton is celebrating after coming out of special measures in less than a year.

Headteacher Donna Makepeace said she was "thrilled" and that staff, leaders and governors are now all "united" to provide the highest standards of teaching and learning.

As a result, Ings is holding an open week for interested parents and families.

Donna said: "We want families to come in and see what a happy and very positive school we have here.

"As the new headteacher, I recognise all of the efforts that have gone into this achievement including the support from other schools and the local authority.

"Determination and a continued drive for sustained improvement will ensure the best outcomes for all of our children."

The school has been praised for moving out of special measures ahead of time and inspectors have also highlighted the "vision, drive, ambition and sheer determination" of all those involved.

The inspection report stated:

  • A positive ethos currently exists where teaching and behaviour can flourish.
  • Teaching has improved significantly under the current leadership and so has pupils’ progress.
  • School leaders set clear expectations and boundaries for behaviour that pupils adhere to.
  • Leaders are aware of what needs to be done to achieve good provision and outcomes and further improvement.

David Portlock, Chair of Governors, said: "I am delighted that Ofsted has recognised the significant improvement at Ings over the last year or so.

"Moving out of special measures in a little over a year is just reward for the dedication and hard work of my colleagues on the Interim Executive Board of governors and the leadership of the school.

"Most importantly, it is recognition of the fantastic contribution of the whole school community - children, parents, carers and staff - to the great progress achieved. We are now focused on moving Ings to good."

Photo: pupils at Skipton Ings taken during the Stray FM School Show in 2013.