Primary school out of special measures

Headteacher Kathryn Melling at Leyland Methodist Junior School
Headteacher Kathryn Melling at Leyland Methodist Junior School

A Leyland primary school which fended off attempts to turn it into an academy has been pulled out of special measures.

Leyland Methodist Junior School, on Canberra Road, has made remarkable progress since being blasted by Ofsted in April last year, despite facing unwelcome pressure from the Government to convert into academy status.

Under the leadership of headteacher Kathryn Melling, the junior school has been taken out of special measures just months after the initial ‘inadequate’ judgment – which normally takes two years. Mrs Melling said: “We always had an ambitious timescale to get out of special measures, and I always believed we had the potential.

“This is a massive step for us; it’s a big milestone. I’m really pleased we no longer have that label hanging over us, but I feel as though we can’t get excited just yet.

“We’re now in the ‘requires improvement’ category, so this is definitely not the end result for us.

“We need to keep the momentum going and build on the progress we’ve made so that we can become a ‘good’ school when we are next inspected – which will be in about two years.

“It normally takes that long to get out of special measures though and we beat that target, so I am feeling positive.

“I’m well aware of what we need to do now to make more improvements.”

- For more on this story, see this week’s Leyland Guardian.