Acting head welcomes progress at primary school

By Matthew Mckew

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

 

REASONABLE progress towards coming out of special measures has been made at an Isle of Wight primary school, according to Ofsted.

Inspectors visited Newport Primary Cchool on January 20 and 21 to monitor progress, after the school was placed in special measures last April.

A monitoring report was published today (Tuesday).

Acting headteacher Jerry Seaward welcomed the progress but said more needed to be done to bring the school out of special measures.

The report stated: "Higher expectations of what pupils can do in lessons is leading to better progress across the school, but this is uneven across year groups and within subjects."

It identified concerns over mathematics, stating: "Pupils' mental recall of number facts including multiplication remains weak and they have limited knowledge of shape, space and measures."

Concerns were also raised about lengthy lesson introductions, leaving insufficient time to complete work.

But inspectors recognised more purposeful activities at the Early Years Foundation stage.

It further noted pupils seemed happier and more engaged at school, whilst staff morale also appeared better.

View the report below:

Newport Church of England Section 8 inspection report

Reporter: matthewm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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