12:09 Friday 06 December 2013

Primary school has turned corner since summer inspection


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AN Ofsted inspector has described his visit to a Uttoxeter primary school as ‘one of the most positive’ of he has experienced.

Inspector Kevin Sheldrick visited Picknalls First School to follow up a formal inspection earlier this year.

Assessors told bosses the school ‘required improvement’ in July – but Mr Sheldrick’s new report states it ‘has addressed all its issues’.

He has even advised Picknalls brings its next Ofsted winspection forward and can realistically aim for an ‘outstanding’ grade.

The report reads: “The school has increased the rigour in the regular meetings held to review the progress pupils are making.

“For instance, more concrete actions are identified in response to pupils who are not making sufficient progress.

“The governing body, through its curriculum committee, is much more effectively reviewing the information about the progress that pupils are making.

“The action taken to further improve teaching is impressive and is ensuring that pupils are making better progress in lessons.

“Teachers are much more regularly reviewing learning in lessons and pupils are being challenged more.”

Head teacher Anne Tapp has praised her staff, governors pupils for helping the school turn things around.

She said: “I am absolutely thrilled with the outcome of our recent monitoring inspection.

“I am so proud of the staff and governors who have all worked so hard in responding rapidly to address the areas for development in our summer term OFSTED inspection.

“The children, yet again, were an absolute credit to us and really showed the level of challenge they are able to respond to during their lessons.

“Leaders at all levels were able to demonstrate that we are taking effective action and have the capacity to continue to make rapid progress.

“Parents were also very supportive in completing the parent view questionnaire online.”

July’s report found too few pupils were working above the expected levels.

Records about pupils’ progress were found to be inadequate and the school’s teachers were told they needed to improve.

Some were not checking pupils’ attainment effectively and parents were not receiving detailed-enough information about their children’s progress.

Governors were also criticised for ‘not challenging school leaders effectively’.

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