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Selby School Out Of Special Measures Early


8:27am 23rd April 2013

A junior school near Selby has come out of special measures two terms early as it's set to be merged with a nearby infants school.

Inspectors say good teaching is "increasingly typical" at Brayton Junior School.

North Yorkshire County Council says it has taken steps to form a single 4-11 primary school in Brayton to raise standards of education for all children in the community and to create a more settled route through their primary schooling.

At present Brayton is served by two schools - Brayton Church of England Voluntary Controlled Infant School and Brayton Junior School, with children transferring at the age of seven from one to the other.

Brayton infants was judged as outstanding at its last inspection and currently its head teacher, Alison Smith, is acting as head of both infant and junior schools after the junior school was placed in special measures by Ofsted last year.

Alison, who is praised as a leader of vision with a determination to raise standards, is making great strides in ensuring improvement of teaching and learning with the support of the local authority and additional governors, say North Yorkshire County Council. They add that the two schools have been working closely together and there are signs that this has had a real impact.

North Yorkshire County Council say that under new proposals, which this week were backed by the county council's Executive, a single primary school will be created by the enlargement and change of age range of Brayton Infants, which will retain its Church of England ethos, to enable the creation of a single 4-11 primary school from September 2013. As a result, they add the local authority will cease to maintain the junior school as a separate establishment.

A recent consultation about the proposals to parents, governors and staff, revealed overwhelming support for the move, say the council. They add that it was felt that the removal of transfer at age seven in Brayton would enable children to settle more easily. It was also felt, they say, that an excellent head teacher across the whole school, with a shared culture and ethos, improved teaching and learning and improved resources would help to transform prospects for the community's children.

Pete Dwyer, North Yorkshire's corporate director for the children and young people's service, said: "We believe the creation of a single 4-11 school for Brayton through the enlargement of the infant school is the best way forward for the Brayton community. We have high ambition in North Yorkshire for children to access the very best in education and we work hard with our partners to provide the best solutions for improving outcomes for all children, narrowing gaps in educational attainment, while continuing to stretch the most able."

Following the Executive's backing for the proposals, as well as the agreement of the infant school's governing body, statutory notices will now be published, say North Yorkshire County Council. A final decision will be taken by the county council's Executive in June.

Alison Smith's the headteacher of both schools and praised her staff, parents and especially her pupils.


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