Urgent action pledged for Skipton Parish school improvement

Skipton Parish Church of England (VC) Primary School is setting out a clear plan for urgent and rapid improvement after Ofsted placed the school in special measures last month.

Students at primary school in North Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire County Council, along with the Leeds diocese, is supplying the school with additional advisers and leadership support to pull together and implement an improvement plan with speed. Governors are carrying out a review of governance and all are committed to getting the school firmly back on track. They are determined to raise standards swiftly so that children have access to the best teaching and learning possible. 

Inspectors acknowledged that attendance at Skipton Parish primary is above average and has improved since the last inspection. They also acknowledged that pupils know how to keep themselves safe and that teaching of phonics in literacy has improved at key stage one. They stated that the Sport Premium is spent well and affords pupils greater opportunities to be active and play sport.

However, inspectors called for fundamental improvements across a range of measures.

"We are confident that the issues identified by Ofsted can be addressed quickly," said Darren Lee, the Chair of Governors. "We all remain totally committed to ensuring that our children receive the best quality education possible and we are already taking the steps necessary to bring that about the required changes.

"We know that our parents will also provide an overwhelming sense of support as we work together through this challenging period."

"Parents and the school community must rest assured," said Pete Dwyer, North Yorkshire County Council's corporate director of the children and young people's service, "that we will take all necessary measures to ensure that Skipton Parish school gets back on track. Children in North Yorkshire must have access to good or outstanding education and we will act quickly to ensure children in this school receive no less."

This story was published 3 April 2017