Soham primary school ‘requires improvement’

A primary school in Soham “requires improvement”, according to its latest Ofsted report.

Inspectors visited The Weatheralls Primary School, in Pratt Street, before Christmas.

In their report published last month, they said the achievement of pupils, quality of teaching and leadership and management all needed improvement.

However, the behaviour of pupils and their safety at school, which was graded ‘satisfactory’ in its last inspection in 2009, were rated “good”.

The report said: “School leaders have not brought rapid enough improvement to teaching and other aspects of the school and so pupils make no better thank adequate progress across Years 1 to 6.”

They said boys made slower progress than girls in writing and their attendance was lower by the end of Year 6. Pupils also struggled with maths as teachers spent too much time “repeating basic skills”.

But a number of strengths were also highlighted.

They said children made good progress in nursery and reception classes because teaching was “good and interesting”. Basic skills were also taught well and pupils enjoyed school, behaved well and tried hard in lessons, they added.

Headteacher Chrissy Barclay was also praised for “eliminating inadequate teaching”.