In January 2013, Ryhall CofE Primary School, Rutland, was judged Inadequate. The head left, the deputy head became Acting Headteacher and an Interim Executive Board (IEB) replaced the governing body.
Ofsted has made three monitoring visits. The last, which took place at the end of January, found the school appears to have turned the corner. Inspectors said the head was an effective leader and “well respected by staff, parents and carers, and pupils”. Pupils were making better progress and growing in confidence in reading, writing and maths. The quality of teaching continued to improve.
There were still blips: staff did not always model the high standard of handwriting expected in the school’s new handwriting policy and pupils’ behaviour wasn’t tracked over time, for example.
This is a vast improvement on the damning verdict of a year ago. And it’s been supported throughout by the local authority (LA) and the Local Leader of Education (LLE), Ofsted found. The IEB had challenged the school and held leaders to account.
But an air of uncertainty hangs over the school. Ofsted reported the school “appears likely to make the transition to academy status” but this was being delayed by weak communication between the IEB, the LA, the diocese and the Department for Education (DfE). Ofsted says this indecision is causing anxiety and is delaying the constitution of a new governing body and the appointment of a permanent head.
This anxiety could be dispelled at once if the threat of academy conversion is removed. The school has improved significantly with the help of the LA and the LLE. The IEB should do what it’s legally expected to do: enable the restoration of a normal governing body. And then leave.
Ryhall CofE Primary School doesn’t need an external sponsor – it’s already got the support it needs.
Pupils from Ryhall school helped a local author to produce a book about a former Rutlander who founded a religious movement. The book was written and illustrated with help from pupils (see here
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