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Louth headteacher praised for school turnaround

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: March 25, 2013

MAKING IMPROVEMENTS: The new headteacher at Lacey Gardens Junior School in Louth, Heather Sandy, has been praised for improving the school by Ofsted.

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THE new headteacher at a primary school is helping to rapidly improve the quality of teaching and pupil's achievements according to Ofsted.

Lacey Gardens Junior School in Louth was recently inspected where it was graded as 'requiring improvement' meaning it is not a cause for concern but it is not yet a 'good' school according to Ofsted.

The report highlights that teaching varies across the school from requiring improvement to outstanding.

Some weaknesses in teaching have already been tackled successfully and the quality of teaching is improving.

In order to improve to a 'good' school, the report recommends some measures including increasing the impact of teaching on pupils' learning, improving the consistency and quality of marking, raising attainment in all subjects and to reduce persistent absence.

The report highlighted positive steps being made by the new headteacher, Heather Sandy who took up her post in January.

Mrs Sandy had only been in position five weeks at the time of the inspection.

She said: "We have exciting plans for the future and Ofsted has recognised the excellent impact we have already had. It was reassuring that with the overall grade of 'requiring improving', the targets the school has been given had already been identified in school and these priorities with clear actions and timelines are already written within our school development plan for this academic year.

"The future looks promising for our school, we will all continue to work extremely hard to ensure Lacey Gardens Junior School is an outstanding place for children to learn and for staff to work and I am confident we will continue to go from strength to strength."

The report praised the good behaviour of pupils and its caring and safe atmosphere, stating : "Pupils have good attitudes to learning and behave well in lessons and around the school. They are polite, well mannered and welcoming."

Reverend David Newlove, chairman of governors said: "We have made great progress and staff and pupils are rightfully proud of their achievements.

"We have ambitious plans for the school and we are extremely pleased Ofsted affirms the ambitious direction we have established.

"I am also extremely proud of our pupils and staff and grateful to parents for their ongoing support."

Inspectors also met informally with parents and carers on the playground as they brought their children to school and they agreed that their children feel safe in school and are well cared for.

To view the full report, visit www.ofsted.gov.uk

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