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Inadequate Knollmead school to receive help from outstanding Kingston academy
Kingston Council will enlist the help of one of the borough's outstanding academy schools to support inadequate Tolworth primary Knollmead, after Ofsted inspectors found “serious weaknesses” in both teaching and student achievements.
The primary school has been placed in a category of concern by Ofsted following an inspection in July, which criticised a lack of consistency in teaching, especially in Years 4, 5 and 6.
The role of middle leaders was also underdeveloped, while senior leaders had been too slow to recognise a significant dip in pupil progress over the past two years, the report said.
It did however identify several strengths, including improved Level 4 reading, writing and mathematics results, good behaviour of pupils and a strong relationship with parents.
Hours after the Surrey Comet reported on the inspectors’ findings, Kingston Council issued a statement saying it had drawn up an action plan which included partnering the school with one of the borough’s outstanding academies.
The council also gave its backing to Knollmead's new headteacher Emma Kelty, who only joined the school in September - after the inspection had taken place.
In the statement, councillor David Ryder-Mills, lead member for schools, said: “The council will submit its plans to address the identified weaknesses at Knollmead to Ofsted very soon.
"We are supporting the new headteacher, who is already making rapid improvements, in any way we can.
“Ofsted recognises that the council has provided excellent support to the school. We have a strong partnership with all of our schools and are working hard to help Knollmead achieve the necessary improvements through the right local partnerships.”
Knollmead chair of governors Diana Brotherston added: “The many positive points made in the report reflect the improvement that has already been made over the past year and I am confident that the school is well placed to make rapid progress under the strong leadership of our new headteacher.”
The school has been given 18 months to improve before inspectors return again.
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