School is brought out of special measures

School pupils celebrate.
School pupils celebrate.

CHIDDINGLY Primary School is celebrating after being brought out of special measures.

Ofsted inspectors have visited Chiddingly five times since the ‘inadequate’ judgement made in October 2010 and have now judged that the school should be taken out of special measures.

An overall ‘satisfactory’ rating has been given, although leadership and management and behaviour and safety have been labelled ‘good’, the second highest rating which can be given by the authority.

Ofsted Inspectors visited the school on May 29 and May 30, following a phone call received on that Monday afternoon. A written report on the inspectors’ findings was then published.

The report recognises the improved curriculum, the current good practice in teaching, good behaviour and the drive and good leadership of the head teacher, governors and senior leaders.

Head teacher Helen Elliot, who was appointed in January 2012, said she was delighted with the results.

She said: “The staff, governors and children all feel very proud of our school and everyone involved with the school has been working incredibly hard to turn things around.

“I feel immensely privileged to be a part of such a great community.

“This now becomes an exciting starting point for continued success and improvement.”

Children from village families mainly populate the school but class sizes are usually below 28 pupils, aged four to 11. Parents living in other areas also apply for their children to be educated there including from Hailsham, Gun Hill, Whitesmith and Heathfield.

The school prospectus says there are four large classrooms, a dining hall and a large well-stocked central library. The children are divided into seven year groups, comprised of three classes. The roll is usually between 70 and 95.

The main school is a purpose built, single storey building which was completed in 1906. Through funding streams the school enjoys community sports facilities including a sports hall, tennis courts, and sports field.