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St Joseph's Infant School, Hendon, downgraded from good to requires improvement in Ofsted report
A new headteacher has vowed to be a “fresh pair of eyes” after her school was criticised at an Ofsted inspection.
St Joseph’s Infant School, in Watford Way, Hendon, was downgraded from 'good' to 'requires improvement' in an Ofsted report published this morning.
But despite the unfavourable rating, headteacher Irene Ciapryna is determined to show parents the school does have positive qualities.
Ms Ciapryna, who took over from former headteacher Mary Parsons last week, said: “A lot of schools in the area have received required improvement because the regime of Ofsted has changed.
“It’s always been a good school though and nothing has changed. The report is disappointing but it does not reflect the school as it is.
“I don’t want people to see it in a negative light. It’s my mission to turn the school around and obviously there are things we can improve on.
“Hopefully I’ll be a fresh pair of eyes.”
At the school’s last inspection in 2009, St Joseph's was rated “good” in all areas.
But the latest report says pupils are not always clear about how to improve their work because adults are not involved in helping them.
Attendance has also dropped significantly in the past year - but Ms Ciapryna plans to work with parents to change this.
Inspectors praised the way pupils feel “safe” in the school, with the younger children making good progress.
Ms Ciapryna plans to introduce a phonics programme, in which staff will be given added training to help the children with their reading and writing.
She added: “I was surprised with the report but it’s not all bad. The children are happy and well-behaved - these are the features of a good school.
“We’re also happy with the children’s results and I’m absolutely proud of them all, as well as the staff.”
The school will have a ‘monitoring’ visit at the school over the next few months, and it will be due another inspection in two years' time.
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