Ofsted report at Southery school

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A West Norfolk primary school still has some way to go before it has made the necessary improvements deemed necessary by Ofsted.

The government inspectors returned to Southery Primary in Westgate Street on January 14 to see how the school was doing after an inspection in March 2014 had found it wanting in certain areas.

The report, released yesterday, said that the senior leaders and governors are not taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement.

It needs to improve the quantity and quality of work undertaken by pupils across a full range of subjects, particularly in science, history, geography and religious education.

It also must develop the role of the teaching assistants so that pupils who have gaps in their learning, including those with complex additional needs, make faster progress.

And teachers and support staff need to be given precise feedback on how to improve.

The inspection found that three of the four class reachers are new and said this high turnover of staff was contributing to the slow progress towards becoming a good school.

Governors were praised for their good support and hard work for the school.

An intensive focus on English and maths led to much-improved results in the 2014 national tests, the inspectors reported. Pupils also did well in phonics.

But this is not sustained across all years and all subjects.

“Homework, particularly for pupils at Key Stage 2, is not given enough importance and makes limited contribution to raising standards and developing pupils’ study skills,” the report said.

Most parents who responded to the school’s survey are pleased with the education on offer. But the “lack of urgency in addressing basic issues do not give confidence that the school is on its way to becoming a good school”, the report said.

Only one piece of work has been completed at KS2 in religious education and in science the design a pizza project did not develop pupils’ scientific skills.

Julian Goodrum, headteacher, said: “As inspectors have highlighted; our intensive focus on English and maths has led to “much improved results in the national tests” last year. We know we can use this momentum together with a renewed focus and determination to extend the rate of improvement across our school.”