School quick to fix action plan labelled ‘not fit for purpose’

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The head of an Aylesbury school in special measures says it has acted quickly after inspectors labelled its recovery plan ‘not fit for purpose’.

There was shock in October when Bedgrove Junior School was rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted, having previously been classed as ‘outstanding’.

The report highlighted racist behaviour and widespread underachievement at the school.

Inspectors returned to check on progress last month and, although they raised some positive points about changes that have been made, they said the action plan for improvement was not fit for purpose.

However, executive headteacher Caroline Wreglesworth said the school has already had a re-submitted action plan accepted by the watchdog.

Ofsted inspector Matthew Haynes said of the original action plan: “The school’s action plan addresses the areas for improvement through a range of appropriate actions. It is not clear, however, who will be evaluating improvements, how, and by when. The plan does not include targets for improvements in pupils’ achievement, including disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, those pupils eligible for the 
pupil premium, and the 
most able pupils.”

But Mrs Wreglesworth said last week: “Initially it was a concern but within a week we had turned it around.

“If we didn’t have that plan in place we couldn’t have done anything to make a difference quickly enough.

“The plan has now gone out to parents so they’re aware it’s up and running.”

Mrs Wreglesworth added that the school is ‘very confident’ the plan will be a success.

The four priorities of the action plan are improving the quality of teaching, ensuring phonics is taught, ensuring pupils understand racist behaviour and improving the leadership and management of the school.