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Remarkable turnaround for St James Primary as Ofsted full of praise

News / Fri 19th Dec 2014 at 03:03pm

ST JAMES primary has just achieved a remarkable turnaround after a recent inspection by Ofsted.

Just over a year ago, the Paringdon Road school was put into special measures by Ofsted.

It looked like a long and hard journey to take themselves out.

But in just over a year, the school have not only got out of special measures but jumped up two categories and have been rated as Good.

Education experts will tell you that such as jump is considered rare.

The report states:

1. Drawing effectively on local expertise, the executive headteacher has created a dynamic leadership team. Leaders at all levels confidently contribute initiatives for improving the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement. This has re- energised the work of the school.

2.As a result of the good training and individual guidance they have received, teachers have rapidly addressed weaknesses and improved the quality of their work. Teaching is good across the school and is improving strongly.

3. Carefully led changes to the teaching of writing and mathematics have significantly improved pupils’ learning and progress.

4. The decline in achievement has halted. Pupils made good progress to reach much-improved results in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2 in 2014. Attainment has risen to be, at least, in line with national standards.

5.The curriculum is well planned. Pupils use their improved literacy and numeracy skills effectively to learn in all subjects.

6. Pupils say they enjoy coming to school and they feel safe. They behave well around the school and at playtimes. In lessons, they listen attentively to their teachers and are learning to work hard and present their work to an increasingly high standard.

7. Procedures for ensuring pupils are safe and appropriate health and safety checks are carried out have been rapidly improved and are now good.

8. The interim executive board (IEB) has monitored the work of the school carefully to ensure teaching and achievement improve. Through the diligent leadership of the Chair of the IEB, the school’s financial position has stabilised, the premises have improved and good leadership capacity to continue improvement is secure.

The head of the school, Mary Evans (who is also head at Henry Moore) was delighted with the news.

Mrs Evans said: “This has been the culmination of a lot of hard work, creativity and partnership working from every single person involved at this school.

“We looked at every aspect of the school and released its potential. We looked at basics and we looked at what could be added.

“I am so pleased and we will come back after Christmas to do even better.”

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