Docking Primary School told it must improve

Docking Primary School, which has been told it must improve. Picture: Ian Burt

Docking Primary School, which has been told it must improve. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

A primary school has been told it must improve by the education watchdog.

The report was published after head David Baldwin informed parents at Docking Primary School that he would be moving out of the area at Easter.

An Ofsted inspector who visited the school over two days in December said teaching and achievement were not consistently good and not improving.

In their report, they added: 'Leaders do not share the examples of very effective teaching with all staff so that other teachers can

improve and all pupils can benefit.

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'Teachers in the early years do not always assess children accurately or use information to plan activities that build progressively on what they already know, understand and can do. As a result, children can sometimes lose interest and their progress slows.'

The report said teachers marked pupils' work well and behaviour was good.

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'Pupils look forward to coming to school and their attendance is high,' the report goes on.

The report says with 110 pupils, Docking Primary is smaller than average. Since its last inspection, in 2010, when it was rated good, the school has had four headteachers.

The inspector concludes: 'The school has had several headteachers in recent years and this disruption has affected the rate and direction of change. The leadership has stabilised and steady improvement is now being made.'

Mr Baldwin said governors and senior leaders were committed to addressing the issues that had been raised in the report.

He said: 'We are pleased that the excellent attitude and behaviour of the children was so evident but we appreciate the need for greater rigour in ensuring all our children receive good quality teaching and we have put actions in place to share best practice throughout the school.'

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