Inspectors rule that school must improve

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A PRIMARY school is working on an action plan to make changes after being given a notice to improve by Ofsted.

Staff at Grove Road Primary School in Tring are disappointed that it was judged overall as inadequate by inspectors who visited the school last month.

The report highlighted a number of failings in the leadership and management of the school, in particular how its governing body challenged and supported the school and how the school promoted community cohesion.

It noted that the amount of time headteacher John Grubb spent away from the school as a reason why it lacked clarity and direction.

School spokesman and chair of the governing body John Manning said: “Of course we are disappointed with the findings of the report, but staff and governors are all totally committed to making lasting improvements as quickly as possible for the benefit of every child.

“We will be announcing a plan of action very soon and we are confident that our school community will all pull together in a constructive and productive way to bring about rapid improvements.

“We also know there are many positive aspects to our school and the parents know this too – the pupils have confidence and ability to work together and the school gives good care, guidance and support to all of its students. They feel happy and safe here.”

Mr Manning explained that Mr Grubb had been out of the school for two days a week assisting with projects for Herts County Council’s education department and duties involved with the Primary Heads Forum.

He added: “Very early feedback from parents about the report has been supportive.”

Ofsted inspectors will visit the school again to see progress.