19th Jan, 2018

Ofsted: Malvern school showing 'significant' improvements

Craig Gibbons 11th Jan, 2018

AN ‘INADEQUATE’ Malvern school has shown ‘significant’ signs of improvement, according to its latest Ofsted inspection.

Ofsted identified ‘serious weaknesses’ at Northleigh CE Primary School due to a legacy of poor assessment and outcomes for children.

However, the inspection team recognised the governing board and leadership team has already identified these issues and the school has turned a corner.

The report identified the key strengths at the school as effective governance and leadership leading to improved teaching and pupil progress, early years provision, and pupil behaviour.

But the report stressed the need for further improvements from the leadership team to manage the school improvement programme and the quality of teaching and assessment in order to raise standards, especially in maths and writing.

Action was also needed to ensure effective attention to pupils’ welfare by making sure staff follow the school’s agreed policies with reliable consistency.

Headteacher Stuart Busby said: “Whilst disappointed by the overall judgement, we are pleased that Ofsted has recognised that the school has already turned a corner, and that we have made significant improvements since September 2017.

“It is my intention to continue to work hard to improve outcomes for all children, particularly for disadvantaged children and those with special educational needs.”

Andrew Jarvis, chair of Governors, added the school was determined to continue with its development programme to provide pupils with the outstanding education ‘they deserve’.

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