Hill Avenue Primary School is taking "effective action" to move out of special measures, according to Ofsted.

Inspectors carried out a monitoring visit to the school on 4 and 5 November, 2015, and noted a range of improvements which have taken place over the last few months.

In particular, they found that outcomes for pupils has "improved throughout the school" with children making "sustained progress" in a range of subjects.

The quality of teaching, learning and assessment has also improved, while pupils were found to be keen to learn, take pride in their work, enjoy positive relationships and extremely well behaved. Attendance has also improved and is now above the national average.

Hill Avenue Primary School was placed into special measures in February 2015, with Manor Primary School Headteacher Anita Cliff being appointed Executive Headteacher at Hill Avenue in May and the City of Wolverhampton Council supporting school leaders by installing an Interim Executive Board in June.

And in their report published this week, inspectors reported that leadership and management have improved considerably over the last 6 months. In particular they found that Hill Avenue is receiving high quality support from the Manor Teaching School Alliance, with its staff benefiting from the alliance's teaching programmes which have helped improve the quality of teaching throughout the school.

The Interim Executive Board was found to be holding senior leaders to account, with inspectors concluding that "the school is taking effective action towards the removal of special measures".

Councillor Claire Darke, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: "I am pleased that inspectors have noted the good progress being made to bring Hill Avenue Primary School out of special measures, and I would like to congratulate Anita Cliff and her team, as well as pupils and parents, on their efforts.

"This is a very encouraging monitoring inspection and while there is clearly still more to be done, I am confident Hill Avenue Primary School is on track to come out of special measures in due course."

Mrs Cliff said: "We are very pleased with the outcome of this monitoring inspection, and I would like to thank everyone at Hill Avenue for their efforts.

"I'd also like to highlight the contribution of Head of School Elliott Hateley. Inspectors said that feedback about his contribution was exceptionally positive, with parents saying he is an inspiring leader who is helping to rapidly move the school forward.

"We look forward to continuing our good progress over the coming weeks and months."

  • released: Friday 11 December, 2015