A SCHOOL that was judged to be failing last year is “rapidly improving” with record exam results.

Corringham Primary School was placed in special measures by Ofsted last year and was considered to be failing so badly its entire governing body was replaced with an interim board before being given a “fresh start” as an academy.

Under this arrangement, it was placed under the wing of Gable Hall School in Stanford-le-Hope, which in a recent review found the school was “rapidly improving” – an assessment confirmed by its recent round of year six SAT exams in which pupils achieved Level Six results in maths for the first time.

The report also noted that, if the current rate of improvement continued, the school would likely be rated ‘good’ within the next academic year.

Lorna Hamilton, who was appointed headteacher in March, said she was delighted with the news.

She said: “The findings of the review reflect the hard work of all those associated with the shool and, although we still have a long way to go, we know we are on the right path.

“The academic year 2014/15 will continue to be challenging but I am delighted to confirm that the school will be fully staffed when the children return from summer break and in addition, to ensure continued rapid progress, we have additional teachers in years five, six and reception.

“We will also have the use of a new library for KS2. Our fantastic Parents and Teachers’ Association has kindly provided us with this facility and both teachers and children are absolutely delighted with it.”