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Primary school exits special measures
7:30am Friday 4th October 2013 in News
A TROUBLED primary school in Corringham has been dragged out of special measures after becoming an academy.
One of the town’s secondary schools, Gable Hall – graded outstanding by Ofsted – has taken Corringham Primary School under its wing with the benefits already being realised.
Just six months after being put into special measures by the Government’s education watchdog, the school is being sponsored by the Stanford and Corringham Schools Trust, with Gable Hall as its main partner.
This means Gable Hall, led by Dr Sophina Asong, will support the development of teaching and learning, leadership and staff development at Corringham, while also helping with financial and corporate affairs.
The school is officially out of special measures after being given a “fresh start”, meaning a new Establishment Number has been served, effectively making it a “new school”.
The school’s first Ofsted inspection will take place within the next two years. Once the school was placed in special measures in March, Thurrock Council installed an interim executive board.
Headteacher, David Garland, was also replaced with interim head Simon Feather.
Now it is hoped the school can improve its standards in the short term and become outstanding in the long term.
Steve Nash, chairman of the trust’s board of trustees, said: “This is a continuation of a very close, long-standing relationship we have with Corringham Primary School.
“We want to share our expertise so all children in the community of Corringham are assured of good quality education.
“Both schools will emerge stronger from the relationship.”
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