March 10 2014 Latest news:
Monday, December 9, 2013
A primary school has been put in special measures after a damning Ofsted report said its leaders were not tackling “inadequate” teaching quickly enough, and teachers’ expectations of pupils were too low.
In a letter to parents, headteacher Steve Portas said he, staff and governors were “deeply disappointed” by the judgment, but said they viewed the outcome as a “catalyst for root and branch change”.
The report represents a fall in fortunes for the 380-pupil school, which was rated “satisfactory” when last inspected in March last year.
The inspectors, led by Christopher Moodie, wrote: “Current school assessment data show that pupils’ underachievement is set to continue. With few exceptions, pupils across the school are working at only average levels for their age in reading, writing and mathematics. This is simply not good enough for these children.”
It said pupils’ presentation and handwriting were poor, pupils with special educational needs underachieved, more-able pupils did not reach their potential, and teachers’ subject knowledge was a barrier to pupils’ achievement in some classes
The inspectors said almost one third of parents would not recommend the school to other parents, although many others were positive and “praised the care and attention their children received”.
It also said pupils were polite and welcoming, and felt safe at school, and that relationships between staff and pupils were positive.
The report said a new approach to teaching reading was beginning to have a positive impact in some classes.
In his letter, Mr Portas outlined a series of actions the school was taking to address Ofsted’s concerns, including looking at forming a partnership with another organisation, a “full external and internal review” of the school’s teaching and learning policy, more training to improve subject knowledge, a new handwriting scheme, and termly meetings for parents and carers.
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