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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

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Inspectors advise school on areas that need improvement

STANDARDS at Moor Row Primary have dropped and Ofsted has told the school it requires improvement.

By Lucy Grosvenor

The school, which on a previous inspection was rated as good, now has to work on improving the achievement of its pupils, the quality of teaching as well as the leadership and management.

Inspector Naomi Taylor said: “Achievement is variable between year groups and across subjects.”

According to the report, last year pupils’ progress in Year 2 was behind the national average for reading and writing and the same for in year one with phonics development. Although the head has now “rightly invested in phonics training and new resources. Current pupils are on track do well in their phonics”.

Pupils “make good progress in mathematics and are above national average by the time they leave”.

The quality of teaching requires improvement and the report states “expectations of what the pupils can achieve are not always high enough” and the most-able pupils are not challenged.

Whilst pupils work is regularly marked there “is an inconsistency in the quality of written advice... particularly in Key Stage One”.

The behaviour and safety of pupils is good with older children taking on playground responsibilities.

Ms Taylor said: “The school has not been able to maintain good progress since the previous inspection.”

The report states the school needs to improve marking for both key stages as well as providing more able pupils with challenging work and supporting those who are falling behind.

Ms Taylor said the management needs to provide more opportunities across all subjects for pupils to use numeracy and literacy.

Also she suggests the governors need to be more involved with the school.

As the school now requires improvement, it will receive a full inspection within two years. Schools rated good or outstanding only have inspections every four years.

Headteacher Paula Skelly said: “The inspection highlighted some issues we need to address but it also picked up on a lot of the positives the school has. I am pleased with how the quality of teaching is noted as improving and Ofsted picked up on how well we are doing in maths.

“We have already taken action and are working with two schools to learn from them. Whilst others may see this as a bad report we are building on strengths and will continue to improve to become a good school once again.”

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