Headteacher’s pledge after school put in special measures

Hatfield Academy, Hatfield House Lane, Sheffield.
Hatfield Academy, Hatfield House Lane, Sheffield.

A new headteacher has pledged to turn around a failing Sheffield primary school after it was placed in special measures.

Hatfield Academy, in Shiregreen, was deemed inadequate following a recent visit by inspectors.

The school has been told by inspectors the behaviour and safety of its pupils and its early years provision require improvement, while its leadership and management, quality of teaching and achievement of pupils were deemed inadequate.

But inspectors from government education watchdog Ofsted were impressed with the work being done by the new headteatcher, Charlotte Blencowe, and said she is ‘tackling weaknesses with vigour, speed and decisiveness’.

According to the Ofsted report, pupils make inadequate progress and reach below-average standards.

Their passive attitude to learning is seen as good behaviour, when it is not, and the lack of engagement in their learning hinders progress.

Teaching fails to ensure children achieve as well as they should and senior leaders and governors have allowed standards and teaching quality to decline.

Ms Blencowe, who was appointed interim headteacher in January and takes up the post permanently from September, said the report was a ‘wake-up call’ and pledged to turn the school around.

She said: “No school wants to be deemed as failing and that is no different for us, but I firmly believe we are on track to turn this school into a good school by shaking up the culture of complacency which I believe has been the problem here in the past.

“It’s been a good six months, but hard work.

“I have given the staff new direction and focus and am pleased to see this is already bearing fruit.

“My pledge to parents now is I will turn this school around and we will ensure their children are given the best education we can possibly achieve.”