Progress at primary school

By Mathew Mckew

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

 

OFSTED
SIGNS of improvement have been shown at an Isle of Wight school, Ofsted inspectors have found.

St Francis Catholic and Church of England (Aided) Primary School, Ventnor, was judged to be needing improvement when the last report was released on October 16, however, a monitoring report has suggested it is now making good progress.

A monitoring report published this week said the school had: "Wisely drawn on the features of the best lessons, listed in the inspection report, and used these as a basis for staff training."

It said there were interesting activities in mathematics and English lessons, and children showed a good level of independent learning.

It noted some teaching held students back and there needed to be greater clarity about how future school improvements will be monitored.

It praised the involvement of the school governors and Hampshire County Council, which has taken over running Island schools and children’s services.

Headteacher, Angela Hewkin, said: "The staff and governors are a strong and committed team and have benefited from specialist support from Hampshire County Council’s education advisers. I feel that the HMI report endorses the very good progress that the school has already made in moving toward a good judgement."

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