WALPOLE CROSS KEYS: Good Ofsted milestone for improving school
Walpole Cross Keys Primary School has won a good grading from standards watchdog Ofsted and praise from pupils’ parents.
Inspectors who visited the 55-pupil school in October found it had improved on the satisfactory grade it received in 2010.
Pupils were said to achieve well and make good progress, particularly in maths. In 2012 national tests, attainment in maths was very high with several pupils being more than a year ahead of the level expected for their age.
The report said: “In recent years, a consistent pattern has emerged in which the proportion of pupils doing better than expected is greater than that found in most other primary schools.”
Disabled children and those with special needs made exceptional progress due to the highly effective, personalised support they received.
Teaching was good and lessons invariably captured pupils’ interest.
The well-behaved pupils were found to be kind, thoughtful and helpful towards each other and adults.
Links with parents and support for families were exemplary. “Parents are full of praise for the work of the school,” said the report.
Headteacher Stuart Graver and the school governors were praised their drive and clear sense of direction, which had been central to the considerable improvement in the school since 2010.
Mr Graver said: “This progress has been achieved with a root and branch ‘Yes we can’ attitude which continues to underpin everything we do.”
Governors’ chairman David Hackett said: “The report reflects the efforts made by the pupils, the head teacher and his staff as well as parents and governors. We consider this to be a milestone on a road along which we expect to travel much further in the coming years”
To improve further, the report said the school needed to sustain the drive to improve reading, writing and maths.
Pupils also needed more guidance to become fully aware of the levels they had reached and what they needed to do to make their work even better.
The old system of outstanding, good, satisfactory or inadequate grades has changed. Since September, schools not graded goord or outstanding are seen as “requiring improvement”. Such schools are given “strong support” to achieve at least a good grade. Heads are not told of an imprending Ofsted visit until the afternoon before.
Since September, schools not graded good or outstanding are seen as “requiring improvement.”
Such schools are given “strong support” to achieve at least a good grade.
heads are not told of an impending ofsted visit until the afternoon before.
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