Joy as school is taken out of special measures in Peacehaven

Meridian school, Peacehaven, Out of Special Measures
Meridian school, Peacehaven, Out of Special Measures

A head teacher of a Peacehaven school says she is delighted it has been removed from Special Measures and graded as good in its latest Ofsted inspection.

Meridian Community Primary School was placed in special measures in October 2013.

But an inspection team visited the school between December 10 and 11 last year, and commended the school for its ‘rapid improvement’ in pupils’ achievements, the improved teaching and the determined leadership.

Headteacher Claire Westcott said: “We are delighted with the outcome of the inspection.

“The team have worked tirelessly to ensure that the outcomes for children improve and that children achieve their best. The support and loyalty from the parents has been wonderful during a difficult time for the school. It is a huge achievement to move up two grades from Special Measures to Good and I would like to thank everyone (staff, children, parents and governors) for their commitment to Meridian Primary.”

Chair of the Interim Executive Board, Ian Jungius said: “We are very pleased that Ofsted have recognised the hard work, determination and dedication of the headteacher, Claire Westcott, her senior staff and all the teachers, teaching assistants and support staff in achieving such a positive report. To move from Special Measures to ‘good’, in a year, is a remarkable and rare achievement for any school. Meridian is a good school which is again serving its community in the manner it deserves. The IEB look forward to handing the school over to its own governing body over the next six months.”

Another school in East Sussex, Northiam Primary School, was also taken out of special measures.

Cllr Nick Bennett, East Sussex County Council lead member for learning and school effectiveness said: “It is a great achievement that these schools have been taken out of special measures so quickly.

“This marks a wonderful start to 2015 and we’re delighted that all the hard work being put into raising standards has been recognised.”