Inspectors say “inadequate” school is making progress

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A SCHOOL which was issued with a notice to improve is making progress.

In June last year, Bernard Gilpin Primary School, in Houghton, was issued with the notice after Ofsted inspectors dubbed it inadequate.

However, after a recent monitoring visit, inspectors said the Hall Lane school was making good progress in addressing the issues for improvement and raising the achievements of pupils.

The inspectors said the school had responded positively to the issues identified last summer, and headteacher Andrew Bainbridge, who joined the school several months ago, had a clear and ambitious vision for the school.

They said: “He has the confidence of the whole school community because it is very apparent to all that the children are at the heart of all he does.

“The headteacher, members of the governing body and senior leaders have an accurate view of the strengths and weaknesses of the school and are ensuring that any issues are addressed through providing effective support or challenge.”

Inspectors said quality of teaching is improving because leaders are tackling weaknesses, pupil progress is accelerating rapidly and attainment levels are rising.