Bridlington school in special measures gets good Ofsted report

Hilderthorpe Primary School's acting headteacher Amanda Barnett.
Hilderthorpe Primary School's acting headteacher Amanda Barnett.

A BRIDLINGTON school which was placed in special measures last year is making good progress according to Ofsted inspectors.

A monitoring visit at Hilderthorpe Primary School found improvements in pupil behaviour and attendance whilst noting children had better support to keep themselves safe.

This latest Ofsted report is great news for the school which endured troubled times last year.

Back in July 2011 Ofsted inspectors uncovered the use of racist language, poor behaviour, low attendance and bullying within a small minority of pupils.

That report graded the school’s overall effectiveness as “inadequate”, as was its capacity for sustained improvement, while pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development was also given the lowest possible grade.

However since then a new headteacher has been brought in and the perception that the school has turned a corner seems to have been re-enforced by this latest report. Ofsted highlighted the strides forward the school had made since going into special measures last year and was particularly positive about the reduction in the number of pupils who were persistently absent from classes.

Inspectors found that under the quality and leadership of the school, ‘fundamental systems’ were now in place and the school is now at a point where it is running smoothly and cohesively.

Acting head of school, Amanda Barnett, said: “This report reflects the hard work and determination of all staff at Hilderthorpe Primary School.

“All efforts are now focused on securing an accurate baseline assessment for every pupil and ensuring clear use of this in lessons.”

Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and local authority schools at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, added: “This is a sound report and reflects the efforts that are going into the school.

“Reducing absenteeism is being addressed as pupils cannot learn if they are not in school.

“The life opportunities of all Hilderthorpe children will be much improved if there is a further push from families to increase the time they spend in the classroom.”

The report did highlight areas in need of more work such as the inconsistent progress made by some children in their learning and the need for baseline accurate assessment information so pupils can accelerate their progress.

However inspectors found that “some teachers are growing in confidence” and the wider use of teaching assistants was a positive step.