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Tuesday, 8 February, 2000, 16:12 GMT
Off special measures

Ofsted's annual report for 1999 lists 226 schools which were taken off special measures - no longer judged to be failing to provide a satisfactory education.

"Ofsted is delighted to recognise the very substantial improvement in the schools," says the chief inspector, Chris Woodhead.

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Hare Street County Junior School, Harlow. LEA: Essex

When Hare Street was first visited by Ofsted inspectors in 1996 they were critical of a number of aspects of its work:

  • pupils' attainment unsatisfactory in English and mathematics and a number of other subjects
  • quality of teaching unsatisfactory in 30% of the lessons
  • a significant minority of pupils failing to make progress and showing poor attitudes to learning.
"The school does not provide satisfactory value for money," was the conclusion.

Hare Street's headteacher, Joe Adolphe, said the school had implemented a lot of changes very quickly. The staff had not been downhearted to be told they needed to do better.

"We felt that we were on the right path anyway but you don't see the rewards straight away. I think it made the teachers feel, 'Right, let's show them'," he said.

"It's like when you plant something, you do all the digging, the hard work, to start off with then the last bit is the easy bit isn't it, when all the flowers come out.

Parental support

"And the parents were very good, they were very supportive of us and we lost no children whatsoever we actually increased our roll and we're now oversubscribed.

"They kept their faith with us."

There was also little change in the core of eight full-time teachers.

By last year, inspectors found that attainment was rising, quality of work improving steadily, pupils gaining confidence, attendance up, and teaching almost always satisfactory and good in nearly half the lessons.

Conclusion: special measures no longer needed.

"The team of teachers I have was very dedicated and hard-working, and quite willing to put in changes quickly," he said.

But they are not resting on their laurels.

"We're fed up with the Golf, we want a Ferrari," Mr Adolphe said.

"If you want to go a bit faster you need to change cars and get something a bit more speedy. But in the meantime you've got to learn how to drive it, haven't you, otherwise you'll crash yourself."

And that involves taking what they can from recent educational research, particularly on how the brain functions and the different working styles of children - recognising that they learn differently, and tailoring lessons to suit.

"Everyone's got different strengths, it's a case of identifying those strengths."

Name LEA
Abbots Hall Junior School, Stanford-le-Hope Thurrock
Amberley Ridge School , Stroud Gloucestershire
Amy Johnson School, Kingston-upon-Hull Kingston-upon-Hull
Annie Osborn Primary School, Henley Green Coventry
Archbishop Sumner's CE Primary School, Lambeth Lambeth
Arundale County Primary and Nursery School, Hyde Tameside
Ashburton High School, Croydon Croydon
Aylesham County Primary School, Aylesham Kent
Badocks Wood Primary School, Southmead Bristol, City of
Barlaston CE (C) First School, Barlaston Staffordshire
Barley Lane School , St Thomas Devon
Barton St Lawrence CE Primary School, Barton Lancashire
Battersea Technology College, London Wandsworth
Beaufort School , Birmingham Birmingham
Beechwood School, Slough Slough
Belgrave CE Primary School, Leicester Leicester City
Bellfield First School, High Wycombe Buckinghamshire
Berger Primary School, Hackney Hackney
Bevois Town Primary School, Southampton Southampton
Bosvigo Primary School, Truro Cornwall
Bramfield House School , Bramfield Suffolk
Brickhouse Junior and Infant School, Rowley Regis Sandwell
Brompton and Sawdon County Primary School, Scarborough North Yorkshire
Caldecote Community Primary School, Caldecote Cambridgeshire
Cam House School , Cam Gloucestershire
Canterbury First School, Thetford Norfolk
Captain Shaw's CE Primary School, Bootle Cumbria
Castle Gresley Infant School, Castle Gresley Derbyshire
Cavalry Primary School, March Cambridgeshire
Cavendish School , Cavendish Avenue Ealing
Caversham Park Primary School, Caversham Park Village Reading
Central Park Primary School, London Newham
Chace Primary School, Willenhall Coventry
Chantry Junior School, Luton Luton
Chantry Primary School, Gravesend Kent
Charles Darwin School , Wellington Telford and Wrekin
Chislet CE Primary School, Chislet Kent
Combe Mead Primary School, Wilcombe Devon
Cotsbrook School , Shifnal Shropshire
Creswell Junior School, Creswell Derbyshire
Cribden House School , Rawtenstall Lancashire
Cuckoo Hall Primary School, Edmonton Enfield
Darley Churchtown CE Primary School, Darley Dale Derbyshire
Darley County Primary School, Harrogate North Yorkshire
De La Salle School, Basildon Essex
Deansfield High School, Wolverhampton Wolverhampton
Dinnington Junior School, Dinnington Rotherham
Down Lane Junior School, Tottenham Haringey
Downhill Primary School, Sunderland Sunderland
Downside Lower School, Dunstable Bedfordshire
Dunstall Hill Primary School, Wolverhampton Wolverhampton
East Bridgwater Community School, Bridgwater Somerset
Eldon County Primary School, Preston Lancashire
Elm Hall County Primary School, Witham Essex
Elphinstone Primary School, Hastings East Sussex
English Martyrs' RC Primary School, Stockton-on-Tees Stockton-on-Tees
Ettingshall Primary School , Bilston Wolverhampton
Fagley First School, Bradford Bradford
Fenstanton Junior School, Tulse Hill Lambeth
Ferrars Infant and Nursery School, Luton Luton
Finmere CE Primary School, Finmere Oxfordshire
Fourfields CE Primary School, Sutterton Lincolnshire
Friary RC Primary School, off Fox Street Liverpool
Great Horton Middle School, Great Horton Bradford
Greenlands County Primary School, Preston Lancashire
Hackbridge Infant School, Wallington Sutton
Halberton Primary School, Tiverton Devon
Hallbankgate Village Primary School, Brampton Cumbria
Hare Street Junior School, Harlow Essex
Harlow Fields School, Harlow Essex
Harry Gosling Primary School, London Tower Hamlets
Hatherden Primary School, Andover Hampshire
Hayes Primary School, Paignton Torbay
Hemswell County Primary School, Hemswell Cliff Lincolnshire
Henry Compton School, London Hammersmith and Fulham
Highwood JMI and Nursery School, Bushey Hertfordshire
Hill Top Primary School, Burslem Stoke-on-Trent
Hillcrest Primary School, Chapeltown Leeds
Hillocks Primary and Nursery School, Sutton-in-Ashfield Nottinghamshire
Holloway School, London Islington
Howbridge CE Junior School, Witham Essex
Huntington Primary School, Huntington Staffordshire
Inglesea School , St Leonards-on-Sea East Sussex
Intack Primary School, Blackburn Blackburn with Darwen
Jack Taylor School , Boundary Road Camden
Jeffries Primary School, Kirkby-in-Ashfield Nottinghamshire
John F Kennedy School , Stratford Newham
John Stainer Primary School, Brockley Lewisham
Jubilee Park Primary School, Tipton Sandwell
Kelsey Park School, Beckenham Bromley
Kensington Avenue Junior School, Thornton Heath Croydon
Ketton CE Primary School, Ketton Rutland
Kingsmead County Primary School, Northgate Kent
Lakenham First School , Norwich Norfolk
Langley Mill Junior School, Langley Mill Derbyshire
Lankhills School , Winchester Hampshire
Lathom St James CE Primary School, Westhead Lancashire
Linden Grove County Primary School, Ashford Kent
Llangrove CE Primary School, Ross-on-Wye Herefordshire
Lordsgate Township CE Primary School, Burscough Lancashire
Loughborough Junior School, London Lambeth
Lucas Vale Primary School, London Lewisham
Lyng Hall School, Coventry Coventry
Manor Court Primary School, Chard Somerset
Manor Park Community School, Nuneaton Warwickshire
Mansel County Primary School, Sheffield Sheffield
Margaret Sutton School , South Shields South Tyneside
Marston Green Junior School, Marston Green Solihull
Melbourne County Primary School, Dover Kent
Milefield Primary School, Grimethorpe Barnsley
Milton Court County Primary School, Milton Regis Kent
Nenthead Primary School, Alston Cumbria
Newport Primary School, Middlesbrough Middlesbrough
Newry Junior School, Stonesby Avenue Leicester City
Newstead Primary School, Blurton Stoke-on-Trent
Nields Junior, Infant and Nursery School, Slaithwaite Kirklees
Nine Acres School , Robert Street Greenwich
North Manchester High School for Boys, Blackley Manchester
Northiam CE Primary School, Northiam East Sussex
Old Ford Junior School, Bow Tower Hamlets
Osmani Primary School, London Tower Hamlets
Our Lady and St Anselm's RC Primary School, Whitworth Lancashire
Our Lady of Grace RC Primary School, Charlton Greenwich
Our Lady's RC High School, Liverpool Liverpool
Oxley Junior and Infant School, Bushbury Lane Wolverhampton
Park Community School, Leigh Park Hampshire
Park Lane Primary School, Wembley Brent
Park View Academy, Tottenham Haringey
Park View School, Birmingham Birmingham
Parkinson Lane Primary School, Halifax Calderdale
Pear Tree County Primary School, Rugeley Staffordshire
Pebble Brook Primary School, Crewe Cheshire
Pen Park School, Southmead Bristol, City of
Prince Rock Primary School, Plymouth Plymouth
Priory Lane Junior School, Scunthorpe North Lincolnshire
Pyrgo Priory Primary School, Harold Hill Havering
Rachel McMillan Nursery School, Deptford Greenwich
Redcastle Furze First and Middle School, Thetford Norfolk
Redwood Park School , Cosham Portsmouth
Ridge Meadow County Primary School, Chatham Medway Towns
Ringway Primary School, Cornishway Manchester
Ripplevale School , Ripple Kent
Riverside Community College, Leicester Leicester City
Riverside Junior School, Hebden Bridge Calderdale
Rookery Junior School, Birmingham Birmingham
Rose Street County Primary School, Sheerness Kent
Royal Free Hospital Children's School , Pond Street Camden
Saviour CE Primary School, Collyhurst Manchester
Scott Wilkie Primary School, London Newham
Seely CE Primary School, Arnold Nottinghamshire
Silkmore Primary School, Stafford Staffordshire
Sir Theodore Pritchett Primary School, Birmingham Birmingham
South Benwell Primary School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Southern Road Primary School, London Newham
Southfields Infant School, Leicester Leicester City
Spring Hill Primary School, Accrington Lancashire
Springfield Middle School, Springfield Milton Keynes
St Andrew's CE Primary School, London Lambeth
St Anne's RC Primary School, Ancoats Manchester
St Bernadette's RC Primary School, Hillingdon Hillingdon
St Bernard's RC Primary School, Ladybridge Bolton
St Francis RC Primary School, Nailsea North Somerset
St Francis Xavier RC Primary School, Oldbury Sandwell
St Gabriel's RC Primary School, Castleton Rochdale
St John's (Park) CE Primary School, Sheffield Sheffield
St Joseph's Academy, Blackheath Lewisham
St Joseph's RC Primary School, Kingston-upon-Thames Kingston-upon-Thames
St Joseph's RC Primary School, Banbury Oxfordshire
St Joseph's RC Primary School, Bermondsey Southwark
St Jude and St Paul's CE Primary School, London Islington
St Mark's CE Primary School, Brighton Brighton and Hove
St Mark's CE Primary School, Godalming Surrey
St Mary's CE Primary School, Handsworth Birmingham
St Mary's CE Primary School, Burnham-on-Crouch Essex
St Mary's Priory RC Infant School, Tottenham Haringey
St Mary's RC Primary School, Bridlington East Riding of Yorkshire
St Matthew's CE Primary School, Preston Lancashire
St Matthew's Junior School, Luton Luton
St Michael's CE Infant School, Aldershot Hampshire
St Peter's CE VA Primary School, Walworth Southwark
St Peter's RC Primary School, Newchurch Lancashire
St Philip's RC Junior, Infant and Nursery School, Smethwick Sandwell
St Winefride's Catholic Primary School, Manor Park Newham
Stamford Green Primary School, Epsom Surrey
Stanley Road Primary School, Chadderton Oldham
Staunton Park Community School, Havant Hampshire
Stepgates Primary School, Chertsey Surrey
Stoke Hill Primary School, Bellfields Surrey
Stoneydown Park Primary School, London Waltham Forest
Summerbank Central Primary School, Tunstall Stoke-on-Trent
Summervale Primary School, Oldham Oldham
Symondsbury CE Primary School, Bridport Dorset
Syon Park School, Isleworth Hounslow
Tewin Water School , Digswell Hertfordshire
The Forest School, Nottingham Nottingham, City of
The Grove Primary School, Cambridge Cambridgeshire
The Hatherley Centre , 3 Horton Road Gloucestershire
The Hayes Manor School, Hayes Hillingdon
The Queen Mary School, Aintree Liverpool
The Ridgeway School , Farnham Surrey
The Ridings School, Ovenden Calderdale
The Straits Primary School, Lower Gornal Dudley
Thurnby Lodge Primary School, Leicester Leicester City
Tithe Farm Lower School, Houghton Regis Bedfordshire
Tuxford Primary and Nursery School, Tuxford Nottinghamshire
Tweeddale Junior School, Carshalton Sutton
Vange County Primary School and Nursery, Vange Essex
Waltham Holy Cross Infant School, Waltham Abbey Essex
Wansdyke Primary School, Whitchurch Bristol, City of
Warbreck High School, Blackpool Blackpool
Wensley Fold CE Primary School, Blackburn Blackburn with Darwen
Westcourt Primary School, Gravesend Kent
Westlands First School, Westlands Worcestershire
Westminster City School, London Westminster
Westmoor Junior School, Dewsbury Moor Kirklees
Westwood Park Community School, Winton Salford
Whitebridge Primary School, Leeds Leeds
Whitton County Primary School, Ipswich Suffolk
Windlehurst School, Hawk Green Stockport
Windsor High School, Salford Salford
Winterbourne Junior Boys' School, Thornton Heath Croydon
Woodingdean Primary School, Woodingdean Brighton and Hove
Woodlands Primary School, Grimsby North East Lincolnshire
Woodside Centre Pupil Referral Unit , Colden Common Hampshire
Woodside Nursery and Infant School, London Waltham Forest
Wootton Primary School, Wootton Bridge Isle of Wight
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