All Saints is taken out of special measures by Ofsted

Karen Bye, headteacher, with pupils from All Saints
Karen Bye, headteacher, with pupils from All Saints

A PRIMARY school in Hastings has been lifted out of special measures by education inspectors.

All Saints School in Githa Road, in the Old Town, was labelled as ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted in March last year following a highly critical report.

It gained the lowest rating by the watchdog, with level one being ‘outstanding’ and level four ‘inadequate’.

Among the key findings in last year’s visit, inspectors stated school leaders and managers did not set high enough standards for pupils and teachers to achieve.

The report also stated attainment in mathematics had remained low since the 2009 inspection and attainment in English had declined steadily in the previous two years.

But this week Ofsted published its latest report on All Saints, following a visit at the end of January, saying quality of teaching had significantly improved and added leadership and pupils’ behaviour was good.

Ofsted gave the school a level three rating, saying the school still ‘requires improvement’. It said too few pupils still gained the levels nationally expected in both mathematics and writing at the end of year six in 2013.

Some pupils in years five and six still have gaps in their knowledge and understanding because of previous inadequate teaching, the report highlighted.

Karen Bye, headteacher, said: “I am very pleased with the outcome of the inspection and we have achieved the best possible result given the history of underachievement and the guidelines of the new inspection framework.

“We received Good judgements for teaching, behaviour, leadership and management and also recognition that current rates of pupil progress are good. Our overall judgement is Requiring Improvement as achievement of last year’s year six was no better than the national average. There is also recognition that work still remains for our current years five and six to catch up lost ground.

“The report recognises the hard work and commitment of children, staff, parents, the Interim Executive Board and the Diocese to achieve quality education at All Saints. Although we are pleased with the recognition of a very positive inspection, we continue the journey of improvement with the aim of the school providing an outstanding education for all our pupils.”