Under-performing school joins Phoenix Federation

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AN UNDER-PERFORMING primary school will be joining forces with a federation in a bid to help it get back on track.

Fishtoft Primary School will join the Phoenix Federation later this month in a move to improve working practices at the site.

It comes after the school was given a notice to improve by Ofsted inspectors following a poor report, which found gaps in pupil attainment in reading, writing and maths.

Chair of governors at Fishtoft Paul Daubney said he was confident the school could improve quickly.

He added: “Inspectors did highlight some areas of strength which we believe provides a good base to make the required progress.

“The move into the Phoenix Federation, a federation with a proven track record in raising standards, will enormously strengthen the leadership capacity within the school in order to benefit the children.”

Fishtoft will join Park Primary School and Gosberton Primary School in the federation, which involves one governing body working for all three schools.

Federation principal Carol Clare said: “The benefits of effective federations are proven.

“We look forward to working with the children, staff, governors and community of Fishtoft in order to ensure the very best for the children.”

A formal collaboration has been made between Fishtoft Primary School and the Phoenix Federation, which means the school will retain its own governing body for the time being.

It is hoped the school will join the federation fully at the start of the next academic year in September.