GOVERNORS and leaders at St Francis Catholic and CE Primary School have been acknowledged by Ofsted for their exceptional determination to bring together different communities.
In September inspectors visited the Ventnor school, formed in 2011 following the amalgamation of St Boniface CE, St Margaret’s CE and St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary Schools.
The school was rated as requiring improvement in each of the four inspection categories — pupil achievement, teaching quality, pupil safety and behaviour, and leadership and management — as well as overall.
Inspectors concluded teaching was not consistently good and although there was some outstanding practice, it was not shared effectively.
They also criticised some adults at the school for not having high-quality spoken English or handwriting.
Marking was inconsistent and pupils did not always know what they did well or where they needed to improve, inspectors found. They also concluded that speaking, reading, writing and mathematics standards were improving, but were not high enough.
There was praise however for some outstanding teaching in Year 5, reception, PE and performing arts.
The report also stated: "Governors and senior leaders have shown exceptional determination in bringing together communities. They are ambitious for pupils to do well in a high quality learning environment and know what they must do to achieve this.
"Action taken to tackle weak teaching is proving successful."
See the full report below:
St Francis Catholic and Church of England (Aided) Ofsted report