Pupils 'feel safe again' as racism issues tackled at primary school
A SCHOOL where children used racist and homophobic language is making good progress after being placed in special measures.
Hilderthorpe Primary in Bridlington was put in special measures by Ofsted last summer.
The step was taken after inspectors found pupils did not feel safe at the school, where there was evidence of racist and homophobic comments by pupils.
Following their latest monitoring inspection, Ofsted has reported good improvements in the behaviour and safety of pupils.
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Inspectors said: "The result of the school's efforts is that incidents, particularly those of a racist or homophobic nature, are much reduced and pupils regard themselves as safe.
"Quite correctly, the school is holding teachers responsible for the behaviour of their pupils and is supporting them through the writing of individual behaviour plans for pupils who need the most support."
Staff in the school's nurture lounge offer emotional support to pupils whose circumstances may make them vulnerable.
Ofsted said high expectations pupils will behave and be safe permeate the school.
Inspectors said: "It has not been an easy journey but determined leadership has brought the school to the point where it is operating smoothly and cohesively.
"Difficult decisions have been made and rightly so."
Inconsistencies in both teaching quality and learning continue to prevent accelerated progress.
But the inspectors said: "This is not to say a focus on developing greater consistency has not been present. It has.
"Despite a few instances of opposition, leaders have been absolutely correct in their drive that pupils will make better progress than they have in the past to attain the higher standards of which they are capable."
The next monitoring inspection, due in the autumn, will check on whether the good progress identified in the inspection has been sustained.
Acting head teacher Amanda Barnett said the report reflects the hard work and determination of staff.
She said: "All efforts are now focused on securing an accurate baseline assessment for every pupil and ensuring clear use of this in lessons."
Mike Furbank, head of achievement and inclusion at East Riding Council, is pleased the focus is "squarely on performance in the classroom" and "the whole school issues presented only a year ago have been so successfully tackled".