Headteacher to step down as school boss

Shevington Community Primary School
Shevington Community Primary School
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A WIGAN headteacher has left her job on “compassionate grounds” just weeks after an Ofsted report criticising the school’s management.

Vicky Adams left Shevington Community last Friday - a fortnight before the end of term - with council chiefs confirming she will now formally leave her employment at the end of August.

Her sudden departure follows the publication of damning report into the school’s leadership by Ofsted.

In its report, the education watchdog found “senior leaders and the governing body” hadn’t used the data on pupils progress “carefully enough” to ensure that achievement improves and all groups of pupils make consistently good progress.

It concluded that the school must “improve the effectiveness of leadership and management at all levels”.

The report - which was conducted in May - rated the school as ‘requiring improvement’. It was judged to be a ‘good’ school following its previous inspection.

“Pupils’ achievement is not yet consistently good for all groups of pupils, particularly for boys and those supported through the pupil premium funding,” the report states.

“Over time, the proportion of pupils making or exceeding the progress expected of them at Key Stage 2 is below average, particularly in reading and writing.

“Teaching has not been good enough over time, to ensure that all pupils make consistently good progress from their starting points. There are not enough opportunities for reception children to develop their learning through outdoor play.”

The report concludes: “Leadership and management require improvement because not enough has been done to improve the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement over time.”

Kirston Nelson, Wigan Council’s assistant director for education, said the education authority would be working closely with the school to “make the necessary improvements”.

She said: “Unfortunately the headteacher has been granted compassionate leave for the remainder of the term to care for a family member and is leaving on August 31 to continue to care for this family member.

“The governing body will confirm to staff and parents this week the interim leadership and other arrangements that are to be put in place in the immediate future.”