Buckminster school taken out of special measures after good Ofted report

Buckminster headteacher Jon Brown with pupils Grace Thompson and Ethan Cherry
Buckminster headteacher Jon Brown with pupils Grace Thompson and Ethan Cherry
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A village school has received a ‘good’ Ofsted report less than a year after it was put into 
special measures.

Buckminster Primary School was told its performance was inadequate in April last year, but Ofsted now says achievement of pupils and quality of teaching at the school are good and the behaviour of pupils and leadership and management are excellent.

Jon Brown, 36, who was appointed headteacher last summer, said: “For a school to come out of special measures so quickly is incredible - almost unprecedented.

“Together we have turned the school around in two terms, which is very rare.

“The biggest issue I faced when I arrived was that there were key areas that needed radical change. The school had limited leadership in place and the progress of the children had eroded.

“After agreeing firm plans, in September we hit the ground running. The staff have had constant training about all elements of good to outstanding teaching and learning, and they’ve all pulled together.

“The staff and I have worked really hard to refocus the children’s attitude to learning, and the teamwork and community feel of the school is now very strong.”

Mr Brown graduated with an MA from Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln in 2011 with his twin brother who is assistant headteacher at The Priory Academy LSST in the city.

Mr Brown added: “The aim now is to get this school to outstanding across the board, where it deserved to be.”