Telscombe school is confident it will improve

Pictured are children who celebrated their own good workand achievements at a recent Funky Friday assembly. Staff pictured left to right, Jayne Campling - deputy head teacher, Darren Vallier- head teacher and Jan MacLaine - deputy head teacher.
Pictured are children who celebrated their own good workand achievements at a recent Funky Friday assembly. Staff pictured left to right, Jayne Campling - deputy head teacher, Darren Vallier- head teacher and Jan MacLaine - deputy head teacher.
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A school has announced it is confident it will be out of special measures by the end of the year.

Telscombe Cliffs Community Primary School was placed into special measures by watchdog Ofsted in October 2012, but is making good progress.

Co chairs of the governors Jenny Hill and Bob Soper-Dyer said the school had just posted the best Key Stage 2 SATS results for five years.

In a joint statement they said: “The governing body is confident that [new executive head teacher] Darren Vallier and his team of staff will secure the school moving out of special measures category by the end of this year and is looking forward to a bright and successful future.

“Telscombe Cliffs Primary School in Telscombe Cliffs has started the new school year with renewed energy and determination.”

The school in Telscombe Cliffs Way was placed into Special Measures by Ofsted in October 2012 following an inspection by the watchdog.

Since this time the school said it had worked hard to increase the pace of progress and improve the quality of leadership and management.

The last Ofsted visit in June praised the school for its hard work and the progress made in a short space of time.

In July the governing body recruited a new head teacher.

Mr Vallier was appointed to the post and is currently working as the executive head three days per week, until the end of December 2013.

He takes up the full time permanent post from January 2014.

The co chairs of the governors added: “Darren is currently head teacher of Langney Primary school in Eastbourne and has an outstanding reputation as an inspirational and forward thinking leader in primary education with a proven track record in school success.

“Since the beginning of term Darren has worked hard with the senior leadership team to build on the foundations of last year.

“He has revamped the learning journeys for the children, revisited roles and responsibilities for staff and has improved relationships with parents through more active engagement.

“The behaviour policy has been amended to give staff and children clear standards, with appropriate rewards and sanctions.”

The governors said children now celebrated success in the new Funky Friday Assemblies every week, where the whole school celebrates good work, achievements in and out of school, birthdays and good behaviour.

Children and staff are invited to wear funky ties and can receive a famous Mr Vallier’s Oscar.