St Albans School – Out of Special Measures!

Councillor Phil Bateman said today “I want to congratulate St Albans Church of England Primary School  from emerging out of Ofsteds Special Measures regime. The school received this good news recently. Indeed the letter signed by no less than Sir Michael Wilshaw  himself.

I am sure our community will also want to congratulate Mrs Helen Morris  the Executive Head teacher and everyone else involved in the school, that has helped turn it around from a failing school to one that is now excited about the future. The future looks much brighter now St Albans has been able to discard the Special Measures tag!

Ofsted states that the school benefitted from “the result of hard work and commitment on the part of many people, especially the staff.”

Ofsted also goes onto praise “the strong leadership team” which has made “considerable changes to improve teaching and has ensured all safeguarding measures are now secure”.

Ofsted further state that “there are now examples of good quality teaching, those pupils are making good progress in their reading skills and that they are developing into confident, enthusiastic readers.”

Ofsted Inspectors also stated that they “applaud the work that has ensured that disadvantaged pupils make good progress.”

There are of course other hurdles to overcome and I suspect that the management team will be planning now on how to tackle them to make the school results even better into the future. I did like the part of the Ofsted statement that said “It is to your credit that pupils know about British Values and how these affect our lives”.


The School just 24 hours after the Ofsted Inspectors left the site, following an Arson attack in February of 2015.

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Here Executive Head Teacher Helen Morris is captured with a pupil, in an Express and Star photograph.

I want to say that as a Local City Councillor I do hope our community gives continued support to the School.

It has had a tough time in the recent pass which included the Arson attack. But they have emerged well from their setbacks and under the new Management team led by Helen Morris look poised to make further progress. I am sure the whole of Ashmore Park estate will want to wish the school well in its continued march towards even better results. All of the City Councillors in this Ward know how hard everyone has worked to make this news so darned welcome. Well done to everyone concerned!

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more


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