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Ofsted: Cooks Spinney moving in the right direction

Communities / Sun 13th Oct 2013 pm31 03:14pm

cooksOFSTED have published their report into Cooks Spinney primary. The inspection has come just after the infants and junior schools amalgamated.

The government watch-dog has said the school requires improvement (the term used to be satisfactory) but many seasoned Ofsted observers believe that newly amalgamated schools find it very tough to get more than this grade.

The junior school was in special measures in 2010. Under the leadership of headteacher, Lella Yates, the school had made significant progress.

Among the criticisms are:

1. Teaching is not yet consistently good across the school with the result that pupils’ achievement is not yet good.

2. Pupils are not making rapid enough progress, especially in Key Stage 1, because teachers are not using assessment information about individual pupils to inform their planning.

3. In some classes teachers do not have high enough expectations of what pupils can achieve to bring about rapid improvement.

4. Teachers do not always provide activities that challenge pupils to extend and deepen their learning, especially in mathematics.

5. Marking is becoming more consistent but sometimes not enough time is given to pupils to respond to the comments teachers have made to help them improve their work.

Chair of governors, Val Jones said: ” The recent Ofsted Inspection acknowledged that Cooks Spinney has only been a primary for a year and that consequently there is not yet enough evidence and data to demonstrate that the school is good in all four areas inspected.

We were pleased that the Inspectors judged behaviour and safety of pupils to be good and found that pupils and parents were very happy with the school. We were also pleased that the report also confirmed that the school had met the government’s floor targets.

“As a new primary school we know that there are areas for improvement and a need to ensure greater consistency throughout the school so that there is an improvement in standards and outcomes for pupils in all subjects.

“Our Headteacher and the Governing Body has already managed a turbulent time but have successfully brought two schools together as one. At the start of this term our Leadership team and Middle Leaders had already been interrogating assessment data and outcomes for our first year as a primary so it was re-assuring that the Inspection Report concurred with our priorities for improvement.

“We are clear what needs to be achieved and look forward to being in a position in the future where we have enough evidence to demonstrate that the school meets the criteria to be judged as good with outstanding features. ”

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