SOME 50 parents have attended an Ofsted update meeting at Lepton.
Lynn Lawson, headteacher at Lepton CE (VC) Junior Infant and Nursery School, gave a progress report following the recent favourable monitoring visit.
Lepton was placed into ‘Special Measures’ last November, with inspectors stating that pupils did not make fast enough progress, particularly in maths.
At the meeting, Mrs Lawson gave a powerpoint presentation outlining the key points of the recent HMI (Her Majesty’s Inspector) visit, covering progress to date, plans in place and timescales.
Parents were shown graphs and tables of current achievement levels, based on Ofsted’s ‘Data Dashboard’.
Mrs Lawson said: “Parents were reassured that the school is meeting targets and, in many cases, exceeding expectations.
“Parents were surprised that our data showed our school to have performed better than other schools, yet those have not been judged so harshly in the recent round of inspections. This data goes some way to show why school leaders and governors were so shocked at the time of the inspection.
“Out of 50 parents, only three said the school was not communicating well enough. I am therefore pleased that we appear to be getting the balance right between leading the school forward and putting our energies into making the necessary improvements to meet the aim of coming out of special measures in less than a year.”
Kirklees officer Janet Bolton and Ian Richardson, head teacher of partner school Batley Parish CE (VA) J I and N School, also attended and answered parents’ questions.