St Ethelbert's RC School in Deane told to make improvements
A SCHOOL which three years ago was marked as “good with outstanding features” has been judged to “require improvement”.
However, St Ethelbert’s RC Primary School, in Deane, said an action plan to raise standards was already in place.
Ofsted inspectors found that attainment in mathematics had dipped and is below average, and not enough teaching is “good”.
They added that teachers did not always encourage independent learning.
Achievement of pupils, quality of teaching and leadership and management were areas said to require improvement.
But inspectors found the school had many strengths including the behaviour and safety of pupils, which was described as good.
Children enter the school with skills and knowledge that are very low for their age and Ofsted found that pupils learning quickly and forming a “secure base for their future learning”.
Maths teaching in Years Five and Six was described as good and improving, while writing standards were in line with the national average. Disabled children and those with special educational needs were said to make good progress.
Inspectors stated: “The school is friendly and welcoming. Pupils have positive attitudes to their learning and behave well in lessons and around school.
“They feel safe in school.”
The school is working with the local authority to improve standards, and Ofsted said: “The headteacher, senior leaders and governors share a determination that the school will continue to improve.”
The report added: “Parents are pleased with the care their children receive.
“The headteacher and staff are passionate about ensuring pupils enjoy their learning and feel safe.”
Headteacher Mandy Messham said: “We are totally focused on improving our school for the benefit of our pupils and their parents as they are at the heart of everything we do.
“An action plan to address Ofsted’s recommendations is already in place which will help us deliver these improvements.”
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