Governors ‘not challenging leaders enough’ at Isle school


Inspectors say a North Lincolnshire school requires improvement after its most recent assessment demoted it from a ‘good’ rating.

The Ofsted inspection carried out in October at Althorpe and Keadby Primary School commented on the ‘uneven’ progress of the 191 pupils and their ‘below average’ writing standards.

A previous inspection rated the school good but the latest says only the behaviour and safety of pupils is such. Lead inspector Alan Lemon said: “This is a school that requires improvement. It is not good because pupils’ achievement varies year-on-year because their progress is uneven between year groups.

”The standard of pupils’ writing is below average because pupils’ progress is not as good as it should be. Teaching over time has not been consistently strong enough to secure pupils’ good learning and progress.”

In all year groups, teachers’ expectations regarding pupils’ accuracy and presentation of their writing are not always clear and consistently high.

While leaders are successfully tackling the weaknesses in reading and mathematics, they have yet to make an impact on improving standards in writing and to secure consistently good or better teaching in all year groups.

Inspectors said governors have not challenged leaders robustly enough on their plans for improvement, for example, to raise standards in writing.

Mr Lemon added: ”The quality of teaching requires improvement because too much teaching between Years 1 and 4 lacks pace and tasks do not always challenge all pupils, especially the most able.

Headteacher Sarah Tate said she was pleased Ofsted recognised the good progress that pupils made in reading and maths.

She said: “We are continuing to work hard to ensure that the pupils make equally good progress in writing.

“The report also recognises the very good wider curriculum which the school offers, with talented sportsmen and musicians enjoying time to develop their skills. The school has already begun to put in place strategies to further develop pupils’ writing, including handwriting which the children are already enjoying.”