School moves closer to outstanding rating

By Richard Wright

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

 

A PRIMARY school on the Isle of Wight has again been rated "good" by school inspector Ofsted — which said teaching was on the verge of being outstanding.

The previous Ofsted of The Bay CE Primary School rated the school as "good" and the latest, carried out between May 15 and 16 also judged it as "good" but noted there had been a rapid rise in pupils’ attainment in reading, writing and maths, which was now average.

Teaching was only not rated outstanding because on the few occasions that tasks were not set at the right level students "sometimes became disengaged and bored."

During the inspection the Ofsted team observed lessons, spoke to pupils, staff and governors.

Their report praised teaching standards, the achievement of pupils and rated behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management of the school also good.

Inspectors made a snap inspection of The Bay CE Primary School after a complaint was made about safeguarding and behaviour — which they concluded was unfounded.

Headteacher Duncan Mills said that at the end of the visit the lead inspector said the school was well-placed and only needed small "tweaks" to become outstanding.

He said: "I am absolutely delighted by the result. The report recognises the hard work of staff, pupils, governors and parents and celebrates The Bay as a good school, well poised to make the next step.

"I am in no doubt that with the continued commitment and support of everyone involved we will soon become an outstanding school."

Ofsted said the school could further raise reading, writing and maths skills by ensuring tasks were set at the right level for pupils and by making more use of existing outstanding teaching to develop teachers’ skills still further.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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