ASHILL: School report urges improvement
More work needs to be done to raise inconsistent standards at a village primary school, inspectors have warned.
An Ofsted report published on Thursday concluded that Ashill Primary School requires improvement, though pupils were praised for the standard of their behaviour.
And, in the latest newsletter to parents issued before the report was published, headteacher Kelly Scott said: “The areas for us to further work on had already been identified by the school.
“Therefore, the drive to continue to improve our school will continue.”
However, the school will be inspected again within the next two years.
Following a two-day visit to the school last month, lead inspector Rod McKeown reported that, although pupils reached broadly average standards by the time they left, there was too much variety in the achievement levels reached.
Similar concerns were identified in the work of youngsters with disabilities or special educational needs.
The report also stated that pupils did not make as much progress in writing as they did in reading or maths, though staff had introduced more opportunities for writing practice this term.
There had also been significant disruption to staffing at all levels since the school was last inspected in 2009.
Mr McKeown said teaching standards had improved since the school’s last inspection, but added: “There is still not enough good teaching to ensure all pupils make good progress.”
He stressed that he had not observed any inadequate or outstanding teaching during his visit, but warned standards dropped when the tasks set for pupils were not properly tailored to their abilities.
However, the report said there had been improvements to Reception class activities and the teaching of maths.
Mr McKeown continued: “The school development plan sets out clearly the right improvement priorities, based on an accurate evaluation of what is going well in the school and what could be better.”
Pupils’ behaviour was said to be good, with standards only dropping occasionally if they did not fully understand what they were expected to do.
Governance was also said to have improved and the school’s governing body was credited with giving good support to senior staff and collecting the views of parents in an annual survey.
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