Leadership praised at improving school

By Emily Pearce

Friday, January 10, 2014

 

OFSTED

IMPROVEMENTS have been made at an Isle of Wight primary school that was last year branded inadequate by Ofsted.

Following a visit to Wootton Community Primary School last month (December) Ofsted inspector Margaret Dickinson said it had made reasonable progress towards the removal of the serious weaknesses designation.

She said English teaching remained a cause for concern, however.

According to her report: "Weaker teaching is being tackled through support, training and, where necessary, professional challenge. There is a crystal clear focus on learning, on pupils knowing what they need to do to be successful and on pitching activities at the right level for pupils' abilities, particularly the most able.

"Pupils' progress has been carefully analysed to find out which pupils need to make better progress this year, to catch up and fulfil their potential. Teachers' targets are based on the progress pupils need to make."

However, improvements in English were lagging considerably behind those in maths, and English teaching was still not good enough.

According to the report: "Not enough is being expected of pupils in writing, and teaching is not encouraging them to aspire to high standards.

"Pupils' keenness to learn and achieve success, clearly evident in the mathematics lessons, did not come through strongly in English lessons. "Pupils were not as clear about what was expected of them and why they were doing tasks. In one lesson, pupils spent more time drawing than writing."

The leadership of headteacher Peta Mather and the governing body was praised, as was the support provided by the Isle of Wight Council.

Three teachers left the school at the end of last term and their roles will be covered on an interim basis until replacements are appointed.

View the report below:

Wootton Community Primary School, Isle of Wight. Ofsted monitoring report.

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