Primary passes with flying colours

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Primary School, Northiam: good overall and in one category "outstanding"

Teachers and pupils at Northiam Church of England Primary School are celebrating after receiving a glowing report from Ofsted inspectors. It was only two years ago that the school was judged by the education watchdog as requiring special measures.

Following its latest Ofsted inspections, it has not only been taken out of special measures and recognised as “good” overall – for quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and early years provision – but also scooped an “outstanding” rating for behaviour and safety.

A second school in the county, Meridian Community Primary School in Peacehaven, moved up out of special measures at the same time and Ofsted highlighted the impact of leadership and management arrangements as key reasons for the rapid improvement. It also praised the work of staff at both schools to improve significantly the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement.

The inspectors praised East Sussex County Council’s good quality support for leaders and focus on improving teaching and learning, which they said had made a positive impact on driving rapid improvement.

Meanwhile, Ofsted also recognised the work and performance of the interim executive boards set up by the council to secure school improvement and promote high standards of educational achievement.

Cllr Nick Bennett, county council lead member for learning and school effectiveness said: “It is a great achievement that these schools have been taken out of special measures so quickly.

“This marks a wonderful start to 2015 and we’re delighted that all the hard work being put into raising standards has been recognised. The inspection reports clearly acknowledge that the schools have gone through an exceptionally challenging time.

“The fact that inspectors recognised the schools as good is a testament to the resilience, determination and commitment of the leadership, staff and wider dedicated team of professionals working with the schools.”

The full Ofsted reports can be found online .

Source: press office, East Sussex County Council