Ofsted – March 2013

This is a school that requires improvement

  • Pupils’ schievement requires improvement, particularly in mathematics.  This is because teachers in some classes lack the skills and confidence to teach mathematics effectively.
  • Teaching requires improvement.  Teachers do not always have high enough expectations for what pupils can achieve and work set is not always at the right level for all pupils.  Marking of some pupils’ work does not give pupils sufficient guidance on how to improve, and teaching assistants’ work is not always sufficiently directed and supervised.  As a result, pupils make less progress than they should in some lessons.
  • Leadership and management require improvement.  Since the previous inspection the school eladership has undergone a period of turbulence with frequent changes within the leadership team.  As a result, some of the recommenations made in the previous inspection report have yet to be successfully addressed.
  • School leaders, including the governing body, are yet to ensure that all teachers consistently and accurately assess pupils’ work.

The school has the following strengths

  • School leaders rigorously track pupils’ progress and provide additional support for those in danger of falling behind.
  • Attendance has improved since the previous inspection because it is now more effectively monitored by senior leaders.
  • Behaviour has also improved because staff are now dealing with serious incidents of difficult behaviour more consistently.  This has led to an 84% reduction in recorded incidents since the previous inspection.
  • The governing body has undergone much change and now has a better understanding of how to improve the school.

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Ofsted School Inspection Report March 2013

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