School set for academy role

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PLANS are in place for a Lancaster primary school to become an academy.

Ridge Community Primary School was visited last week by David Triggs, chief executive officer of the Academies Enterprise Trust.

The school is now in negotiation with the Department of Education.

In a joint statement, Ridge chair of governors Rev Philip Hudd and headteacher Sue Fitt said: “Our governing body is currently at an early stage in negotiating with the Department of Education about the possibility of converting to academy status.

“We feel this could be an important development of Ridge Community Primary School.

“We will of course work with parents and all interested parties so as to receive their feedback on the plans and give them an opportunity to contribute to the school’s future development.

“Everyone who visits our school comments favourably on the children’s enthusiastic love of learning and caring responsible behaviour, the nurturing ethos and stimulating learning environment, the lively curriculum and the wide range of practical learning opportunities. These strengths provide a firm foundation for our ambitions to continue to improve academic results and ensure all our pupils reach their full potential.”

The school has suffered from poor results in recent years. It was graded ‘satisfactory’ in its Ofsted inspection in 2009, and a follow-up monitoring inspection in 2011 found that time the school had made “satisfactory progress in making improvements and satisfactory progress in demonstrating a better capacity for sustained improvement.”

However, overall attainment at the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 remained well below average due to slow progress in the past, and the work of most pupils in Year 6 was well below the level expected for their age.