Inspectors tell village school it needs to improve
A village primary school has been told it “requires improvement” following a visit by Government inspectors.
Burrough Green Primary School, in Bradley Road, has been told it needed to raise standards in its teaching as pupils were making “variable progress in English and maths between year groups across Key Stage 2”, following a visit by Ofsted in January/
The school, which moved into new buildings at the end of 2011, received the same level of rating – grade three of four – as last time but this has now been re-classified from “satisfactory” to “requires improvement”.
In her report, lead inspector June Woolhouse said the school needed to improve the quality of its teaching and raise pupils’ achievement in writing and maths by the end of Key Stage 2, where she said progress was “too variable” after the children had made good progress in the reception class and in key Stage 1.
She said in those lessons which needed improvement, progress was hampered because lesson planning did not take account of pupils’ prior learning or the wider ability range in mixed-age classes.
“There are some gaps in some teachers’ subject knowledge, particularly mathematics,resulting in learning tasks that are not always built on in sufficiently small steps to ensure underlying concepts and principles are fully established,” said the report.
It pointed out that there had been a number of recent staff changes, including the recruitment of two new teachers and an assistant headteacher in September last year.
The inspector was full of praise for the behaviour of the school’s 100 pupils, which she said was “consistently good and often exemplary.”
She said the school’s leadership and management was good and that its headteacher, Keith Archer, and its governing body, had worked “very effectively” to increase the school’s capacity to improve teaching and pupils’ progress.
“There are clear signs that pupils are achieving more and a higher proportion of teaching is now consistently good,” she said.
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