Community support means school has time to improve

Lindisfarne Middle School
Lindisfarne Middle School

A north Northumberland school, which was deemed to require special measures following an Ofsted inspection in October, has been thrown a lifeline.

Following a meeting with the Department for Education (DfE) last week, the Aln Community Schools Federation has welcomed the news that they have been given until the end of the summer term to lift Lindisfarne Middle School out of special measures.

This is due largely to the strength of support that the governors and senior leaders have been able to demonstrate from the other schools in the Federation and local authority.

Chairman of governors Lalage Bosanquet said: “In the last few days and weeks, I have been very impressed and indeed touched by the overwhelming support for our schools from the heads, staff and the community.

“We are determined that by working together we can achieve our long-term goal of becoming a Federation of outstanding schools governed by an outstanding governing body. It is a vision to which we all aspire.

“The DfE has allowed us this period of time to make positive changes and improve progress, particularly for our Pupil Premium children, at Lindisfarne Middle School and after hearing from so many people involved, we are determined to rise to this challenge.”

One of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Schools will work with the school to carry out two or possibly three monitoring visits over the next few months.

The final visit in either July or September will decide whether Ofsted believe that the leadership and management are strong enough to improve the school further. The schools’ senior management team is important, but the quality of the governing body equally so.

Governors and senior staff are holding an open evening for parents and carers tonight between 5pm and 7pm at the school. Any parents or carers planning to attend should let the school know by phoning 01665 602534.