Peterborough's Gladstone Primary School no longer inadequate

A school where English is the second language for all 450 pupils has received an improved report from inspectors.

Ofsted said Gladstone Primary School in Peterborough was now classified as a "good" school after its performance was deemed "inadequate" 15 months ago.

It said standards were "rising rapidly" and pupils were making "good progress, often from a low starting point".

The school said pupils being bilingual was a "very positive asset".

Almost all of the 450 pupils, aged four to 11, come from a Pakistani background, although some are of Bangladeshi and Eastern European origin.

In its latest report on the school, education watchdog Ofsted said teaching and pupil behaviour at Gladstone were "good".

'Significant improvement'

It said disabled and special needs students were given sufficient support and commended the school's leadership, saying head teacher Christine Parker expected high standards and had "significantly improved the school".

However, it said it could not yet be called an "outstanding" school because pupils did not achieve equally well in reading, writing and mathematics across all year groups and staff did not use opportunities to enhance pupils' speaking and listening skills sufficiently.

Ms Parker said: "This is a significant improvement for the school and in terms of pupil achievement, where we measure attainment and progress, we have achieved 'good' for the first time."

Graham Bowes, from Peterborough's National Teachers' Union (NUT), said: "I take my hat off to the teachers, support staff and the leadership of the school who have all enabled it to be brought forward to where it is today.

"Long may it continue."

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