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Praise for rapid action to improve standards

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: July 18, 2013

  • NO POWER: Staff and students at South Molton Infants School enjoy the sunshine as part of the school's first 'no electricity day'.

  • OUTDOORS: Staff and students at South Molton Infants' School enjoyed the great outdoors as part of the school's first 'no electricity day'.

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OFSTED inspectors have praised a North Devon school for having wasted no time after it was told it required improvement during an inspection earlier this year.

Staff at South Molton Infants' School received the praise during the school's first monitoring inspection since it was judged to require improvement in April.

The inspector approved the plans put forward by headteacher Tom Parkin to improve overall standards of teaching and to clarify the management structure.

The initial inspection came only six days after Mr Parkin started in the post.

He said:"Any kind of situation like this can be a negative thing but we're really changing that and turning it on its head.

"It's now a very different atmosphere where people are positive about what's going on."

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