Ofsted calls for immediate action at primary school

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


LEADERS and governors at Greenmount Primary School have not taken effective action to improve standards, according to Ofsted.

Following an inspection in March, the watchdog gave the school a rating of 3 — requires improvement — on a scale of 1 to 4.

A letter sent to headteacher Richard May following a monitoring visit last month, published on the Ofsted website today (Tuesday), said immediate action should be taken to implement the improvements agreed after the inspection.

Inspector Catherine Anwar said: "Since the inspection you have created a detailed improvement plan to take the school forward. This is a useful document, but very long. The time taken in planning for change appears to have delayed several actions key to driving improvement.

"Subject leaders are not able to say if pupils are achieving or teaching is better as they do not check pupils' progress or observe lessons."

Steps had been taken to improve literacy and numeracy, and significant resources invested in new books, but teaching remained inconsistent and lessons lacked focus, she said.

The March inspection found pupils were not making enough progress in reading and maths and were given work that was too easy.

However, it was found children were well behaved and keen to learn.

Deputy headteacher Jane Wilford said the short timescale between the inspection and monitoring visit, coupled with the Easter break, had not given the school enough time to carry out improvements.

"We have a clear direction in how to move the school on and already this is apparent in our KS2 SATs results, with 100 per cent of our children achieving Level 4 in reading. This is a result of the changes we have made," she said.

"Our results clearly show we are acting upon Ofsted's recommendations and we are confident the school will quickly move on."

Read the full report below:

Greenmount Primary School, Ryde, Isle of Wight. Ofsted monitoring report


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by Steve Draper

16th July 2014, at 12:16:32

Would never have been in that position if the IW Education & CEO Steve Beynon had retained the three tier system, left Mayfield School alone with Gary Booth as Head Teacher - what great days they were!!

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