Coaley C of E Primary working to improve


The Dursley based school is working hard to make improvements after being given an inadequate rating by Ofsted.

Following an inspection by inspectors in March the school was rated as inadequate, putting them into ‘special measures’.

Staff and governors have been working closely with Gloucestershire County Council to set out a plan to improve standards.

The report praised the new headteacher’s positive impact on the school and in particular her efforts to improve pupil’s learning behaviours since she joined.

The school’s safeguarding of pupils was described as being effective, with staff being diligent in their duties. Pupils say that they feel safe and trust staff, especially since the new head came in.

There was also praise for the school’s work in promoting reading for pleasure amongst pupils.

Ofsted highlighted the need for the school to:

  • Improve the quality of teaching and learning throughout the school.
  • To help pupils develop by having effective assessment in place.
  • Improve the leadership and management at the school, including a review of the governorship.

Suzette Kearns, head teacher at Coaley C of E Primary, said; “We are obviously disappointed in the report’s findings, however we will be working hard to move the school forward.

“Everyone involved in the school is absolutely committed to providing the best possible education for our pupils.

“With the support of governors, staff, the county council and our parents, we will make the changes identified in Ofsted’s report as soon as possible.”

Terry Chivers, acting chair of Coaley C of E Primary governing body, said: “We are working hard to address the issues highlighted by the report.

“With the efforts of staff and the continued support of our parents, we are sure that we will be able to follow Ofsted’s recommendations and rapidly improve the standards of this school.”

A team from the county council will now work closely with the school to address the issues identified by Ofsted.

Jane Lloyd-Davies, head of education performance and intervention at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We will continue to give the school all the support they need.

“We are working closely with the headteacher, staff and board of governors to make sure there is a clear plan in place, so that the quality of teaching can improve rapidly and, most importantly, the rate of pupil progress increases as soon as possible.”