Primary school in Willesden placed in special measures following damning Ofsted report

St Andrews and St Francis CofE school has been placed in special measures (pic credit: Google street

St Andrews and St Francis CofE school has been placed in special measures (pic credit: Google streetview) - Credit: Archant

A primary school in Willesden has been put into special measures following a damning Ofsted report branding the quality of education as “inadequate.”

The standard of education in St Andrew and St Francis CofE Primary School, which was previously deemed good has plummeted to a new low, according its latest Ofsted report.

The school, in Belton Road was judged as inadequate three out of the four Ofsted criterions -quality of teaching, the achievement of pupils and leadership and management behaviour.

Education inspectors also outlined that the behaviour and safety of students required improvement.

The primary school will now receive regular monitoring from Ofsted inspectors.


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The inspectors also accused the headteacher and governors, of the school of not having a “realistic picture” of the school and not enforcing an adequate standard of education.

The report adds: “The governing body does not question school leaders closely enough about the quality of teaching and the pupils’ achievement.

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“Assessment information is not gathered often enough, checked for accuracy or analysed in detail to judge securely the quality of teaching and how well pupils are progressing.”

They also criticised the attainment of pupils, claiming few make good progress in reading and mathematics, with specific mention to a “weak” progress in writing, particularly for boys.

Ofsted inspectors also highlighted the need to bluster education among disabled pupils and those with special educational needs.

James Kelly took over as acting headteacher of the primary school, from Barbara Graham who stepped down from her position in March.

He declined to comment.

A joint statement by the school governors, Church of England Diocese, and Brent Council said: “The head teacher at St Andrew and St Frances has left her post to pursue other professional opportunities. She has served the school loyally and we wish her well in her future endeavours. She wishes the school well for the future.”

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