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  • "This school has had problems for years and I'm afraid Ofsted have failed to do their job correctly - this action should have been taken some time ago as there was evidence that the school was inadequate.

    The school's Ofsted reports have shown issues for some time. In November 2012 there were problems identified. Why did it then take until March 2014 for another inspection to take place? Ofsted should have been on this like a ton of bricks. Instead they were caught napping.

    I live a stones throw from this school yet never put it as an option for my own children as it was clear there were problems and have been for some time. I feel sorry for the children being taught at the school who, through no fault of their own, are now two years behind their peers. It's a disgrace that the school was ever allowed to get into this mess in the first place. Absolutely disgraceful. It needs a complete shake-up and the rot needs to go."
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Primary school pupils fall two years behind

Iain Birtwell is the school's new executive headteacher

Iain Birtwell is the school's new executive headteacher

First published in News

Troubleshooters have been sent into a Colchester school after inspectors found pupils were two years behind in their maths, reading and writing.

Cherry Tree Primary School, in Holt Drive, Colchester, was criticised and put in special measures by Ofsted in a report published this week.

The school’s headteacher, Edward Constantine, has been replaced by a new troubleshooting leadership team, which will aim to boost standards.

Executive headteacher Iain Birtwell and acting headteacher Maddie Cowley first took charge at the school three weeks ago, following the inspection at the end of March.

Full story in today's Gazette


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