Ofsted pleased with progress at Longwood Primary

Education: Primary / Tue 21st Oct 2014 at 09:14am

OFSTED has published a promising inspection report on Longwood Primary in Harlow.

Earlier this year, the Paringdon Road school went into special measures. Since then, staff have been put in a herculean effort to get the school moving forward.

Looking at the inspector’s report, it would seem that the green shoots of recovery are starting to show.

A spokesperson for the school said: “We are delighted that the Inspectors who visited Longwood Primary School at the end of September this term have recognised all the improvements the school has made since their last visit.”

The report states:

1. The school is making reasonable progress towards the removal of special measures.

2 The local authority’s statement of action is fit for purpose.

3. Assessment information for pupils at the end of Year 6 in 2014 shows that, in
reading, the proportion that reached the expected level rose.

4. In September, nearly all the teaching team were new to the school. While it is too
early to judge whether pupils are making better progress, their attitudes to learning
are improving and they are trying harder in lessons than last term.

5. Teaching is better than at the time of the last monitoring visit. Relationships in many classes between pupils and adults are much more respectful. Teachers are trying to
adhere to the ‘non-negotiables’ that have been agreed to strengthen teaching and

6. The strongest teaching is to be found in some of the Key Stage 1 classes, where
pupils are making more rapid progress in mathematics, reading and writing.

7. The teaching of the pupils whose circumstances make them vulnerable and for
disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is strengthening
because of effective leadership, supported by well-trained teaching assistants, that
has established routines and better-quality additional activities that were lacking in
the past.

8. The management of behaviour and safety of pupils was a major concern at the last
monitoring inspection. Since the beginning of this term, school leaders have been
very effective in dealing with this. Rewards systems are much improved so that the
majority of pupils are trying hard to behave better.

9. The interim executive headteacher had to manage some extremely challenging
barriers and situations last term. She has demonstrated great resilience as she has
led the improvements that are now apparent in the school. She rightly prioritised the
need to improve behaviour and safety first and, with the support of other leaders, is
leading this successfully.

With the help of the IEB and local authority she has established a new teaching team who are working hard and with some success to improve teaching and learning.

10. Morale is much better than at the time of the last monitoring inspection. There has been a necessary focus on improving the relationship with parents. The actions that have been taken to strengthen communication are bearing fruit.

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