School needs to improve, says Ofsted report

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An Isle school is disappointed after being downgraded by Ofsted inspectors who visited at the end of March.

A newly released report on progress at Haxey Church of England Primary School says the school ‘requires improvement’, which downgrades it from a ‘good’ judgement in its previous inspection.

Three of four categories were found to require improvement by the education watchdogs, but the behaviour and safety of pupils was still classed as good.

There were a number of strengths identified in the school by inspectors, along with the recommendations for improving its performance.

Main findings from the inspection were that too few pupils make good progress in school, that average standards are not raised to good consistently over time, boys do not progress as well as girls, work can be too hard or too easy, and marking is not always effective.

Teaching assistants were seen to give too much help at times, senior and subject leaders need more detailed knowledge of achievement, and governors need more understanding of the quality of teaching, to challenge leaders and offer support, said the report.

But on the positive side, reception children achieve well, reading skills are a strength for all ages, and pupils’ behaviour is good, as is their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

In a statement, the headteacher of the school, Lynne Oldbury, said: “The report reflects the current standard of practice at the school. The areas identified as requiring improvement are already focus areas being worked on and everyone at the school is fully committed to ensuring that the education provided is consistently good.”

It was recommended in the report that an external review of governance be undertaken, to assess how leadership and management might work better. Changes are starting to move the school forward, said inspectors, but attainment has not been raised sufficiently. The school is not inadequate and will be inspected again within 24 months.