A Soham primary school needs improvement, Ofsted inspectors have ruled.
St Andrew’s Primary School was rated “good” for leadership and management and behaviour and safety of pupils, but the achievement of pupils and quality of teaching werejudged to “require improvement”.
A report by Ofsted said attainment at the Sand Street school was below national standards in reading and writing, and that pupils had too few opportunities to write at length, apply literacy skills and read independently.
It said teacher assessments and the quality of pupils’ presentation were “variable”.
But inspectors praised the senior leadership team and headteacher Richard Liddington for creating a “harmonious” environment.
They highlighted the school’s management of new pupils and praised the 482 students for behaving well in and out of lessons and being “consistently polite and respectful”.
Mr Liddington said: “Although we are somewhat disappointed by the overall grade from the inspection, we are greatly encouraged by the grades for leadership and management and behaviour and safety.
“The underlying message throughout the inspection was that there is a lot of good practice in place, but that we need to ensure consistency and give the initiatives time to have an effect on standards.”
The report advised the school to improve reading and writing sessions, provide in-house training for staff, and increase phonics training and parental support.