expert helps Churchfield School after poor Ofsted report
education expert has been drafted in to help Highbridge's Churchfield
Primary School to improve its results before it settles into a
new £4.6 million campus.
Claire Axten, pictured, who is a National Leader of Education
and the headteacher of Brookside Primary School in Street, is
visiting the Highbridge school regularly to support the headteacher
and staff. She is also getting involved in the appointment of
new teachers and reviewing lessons.
The 458 pupils of Churchfield Primary School are currently housed
in the former St Johns Junior School and nine other classrooms
in temporary buildings there.
Work on developing the former Beechfield Infant School site into
the new primary school is due to finish in September.
The infant and junior schools were merged in September 2010 and
inspected by Ofsted for the first time in January. In its report
this week, Ofsted has placed the school in special measures
and Mrs Axtens visits are part of the improvement process.
County Council Cabinet Member John Osman said: "The Ofsted
inspection has given a clear indication of how Churchfield School
can improve, and the Council has been supporting the school since
it was created 18 months ago."
"There is a determination for Churchfield School to become
known for quality, and Im sure we will see that once it
occupies its new site."
Headteacher Wendy Nelder told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are
already addressing the Ofsted findings. We are focussing on the
childrens education and Claire Axten has certainly been
making a difference with her input."
"Bringing two schools together has presented some difficulties
but moving to the new site in September will have a positive effect
on everyone here, and put the memory of being an overcrowded school
in temporary buildings firmly behind us."
Chairman of Governors Rosemary Parsons added: "The process
of addressing the areas Ofsted want improving began within days
of the inspection, and the governors will continue to support
our staff and pupils who have all had a very difficult time working
in a tough environment. Everyone is looking forward to moving
to the new school and Im sure that will have a positive
effect on every aspect of school life."