Abbey on the up!

Published Wednesday, 3rd June 2015
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A Rotherham special school facing closure earlier this year is now making real progress according to national inspectors.

Following a second monitoring inspection, Ofsted Inspectors have reported that Rotherham Council's statement of action for Abbey Special School in Kimberworth is fit for purpose and the school is making reasonable progress towards coming out of special measures.

Carried out in April, the inspectors found that the school has clearly showed a "sudden surge" in progress. This is a consequence of improvements in teaching, the greater engagement of pupils and students in learning and a workforce that is more focused on securing achievement in lessons.

The report states that the behaviour of students has improved radically; staffing is more stable and consistent; attendance has improved considerably and continued improvements have been made to the school site.

Cllr Gordon Watson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member, said it was "brilliant news" for the students who attend the school on Little Common Lane.

"There is obviously a lot more work to be done," he added. "But the report is so positive in so many areas.

"Huge credit must be given to pupils, parents, staff and officers from the local authority, for all their hard work and enthusiasm in their determination to turn the school around.

"Attendance, the quality of teaching, behaviour, and staff morale has all improved and I sure that this will be appreciated by students and parents alike. The authority will continue to work with the school to ensure this progress continues."