Two schools on ‘naughty step’ for missing education targets

SADDLEWORTH primary schools Diggle and St Anne’s, Lydgate have been ticked off for failing to meet Government standards in maths, reading and writing (3Rs).

The two are included in a roll call of more than 500 schools nationwide that did not meet the ‘floor’ standard based on the Key Stage Two national curriculum tests in 2017.

Schools are deemed to be above the ‘floor’ if at least 65 per cent of pupils meet the expected 3 Rs level at key stage 2, or if they achieve “sufficient progress scores” in all three subjects.

According to recently released Government league tables St Anne’s just missed the cut with 60 per cent while Diggle Primary on Sam Road was down to 43 per cent.

At Stoneleigh in Vulcan Street, Oldham only 17 per cent met the expected standard.

St Anne’s on Cedar Lane received a ‘good’ report after its last Ofsted inspection in May 2015. It had previously been rated ‘requires improvement.’

The Independent contacted headteacher Jane Fraser for comment on the figures but didn’t get a response.

Diggle School last received an Ofsted inspection in October 2013 when it was rated ‘good’ after previously being deemed ‘satisfactory.’

Diggle School said: “Although these results are below our usual high standard, the majority of that particular cohort of children did make the progress expected of them up to Year 6.

“This year group was a small cohort and around a quarter of those children came into the school later on in Key Stage 2, which means the figures were easily skewed.

“Several children actually made progress that was better than expected.

“Our results have been above the national average for a number of years and our predicted expected outcomes for 2018 should see us back in this position.”

Diggle’s 2016 floor standard placed them second in Saddleworth.

Councillor Amanda Chadderton, Oldham Council’s cabinet member for education said: “We are working closely with all our head teachers to improve things across the board.”


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