MORE needs to be done to lift an Isle of Wight school out of special measures, according to Ofsted.
Despite some positive progress at Newport CE Primary School — including drafting in Christ the King College to take on the leadership of the school, monitoring pupil progress and investing in new books — Ofsted found action plans developed by the school and Isle of Wight Council were unfit for purpose.
However, the school has started revising its plan to make it more effective and Hampshire County Council, which has taken over education and children's services on the Isle of Wight, has implemented a new strategy to hold school leaders to account.
Since April, when the school was placed in special measures, eight teachers have left and seven new teachers have been appointed.
Former headteacher Elizabeth Crayton was replaced by Christ the King assistant principal Jerry Seaward, who became acting headteacher at the start of the academic year.
Mr Seaward, who stressed he had inherited the action plan, said: "We are working to make sure the action plan is fit for purpose ahead of the next Ofsted visit.
"We are working closely with the inspector to ensure the points she raised are addressed."
Ofsted inspector Gehane Gordelier, who visited the failing school last month, said leaders were aware of the school's weaknesses and had taken steps to improve the quality of teaching and learning — but had not yet evaluated their impact.
In a letter to Mr Seaward, published today (Tuesday), she said: "There are not enough quantified targets against which progress can be measured. It is unclear how frequently progress will be monitored and checked during the course of the year. There is insufficient detail about how pupils will benefit from the actions proposed in the plan. It is unclear how staff will be held to account for the progress made by the pupils they teach."
The governing body had failed to help bring about improvement and lacked the necessary skills and expertise, she added.
Ofsted has previously criticised the local authority for failing to support schools and challenge those which, like Newport, one of the Island's largest primaries, were weak and ineffective.