A failing primary school is making reasonable progress towards pulling itself out of special measures, education watchdogs have ruled.
Willow Primary School in Bessacarr was given the lowest rating possible by Ofsted inspectors last year, with pupils’ achievement, teaching and curriculum all described as inadequate.
But a monitoring report by Inspector Amraz Ali in April concluded the school is making ‘reasonable progress’ to address areas for improvement.
The report said: “Pupils’ learning, and progress in lessons across the academy, are generally improving but remain inconsistent in some classes and subjects.
“Since the last monitoring inspection the quality of teaching has improved and achievement across the academy is improving.”
Individual teachers who require help have been given ‘bespoke support plans’.
However, achievement in writing and maths specifically remains ‘variable’.
The inspector added: “There remains a core of pupils whose work continues to be untidy, poorly presented and typified by poor handwriting.”
Pupils recently took part in a walk to school event.
Nobody from the school was available for comment.