Village school makes good progress in bid to escape special measures.

HOPES are high that Combe Martin Primary School is on course to emerge from special measures after an encouraging report by government inspectors.

The school has been highlighted as making good progress in an Ofsted interim monitoring report.

It follows the school’s commitment to ensure improvements are made, after being placed in special measures in June 2010.

“This is a truly fantastic result for our school,” said headteacher Jo Walkden.

“Staff, pupils, parents and governors have worked incredibly hard to raise standards and expectations. This outcome confirms our own evaluation and endorses the real progress we have made. However, we won’t stop here. We’ll continue to strive for further improvement to help our children reach their full potential.”

The inspection focussed on teaching and learning, early years foundation stage, leadership and attendance. The inspectors’ report said: “Rates of progress throughout the school are accelerating and standards are rising. The school makes effective use of its own good and outstanding practitioners to improve the consistency of teaching.”

Mark Winters, chairman of governors, said it was hoped the report would reassure parents the school is on track to exit from special measures.

“The report is all the more impressive after Ofsted introduced tougher guidelines at the start of the year,” he said.

“We’re now looking to build on this accelerated pace of progress and to continue supporting the school to achieve even more in the future.”