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Potter Street Academy graded as “Requires Improvement” by Ofsted

Communities / Wed 31st May 2017 at 11:03am

Ofsted 2015

POTTER Street Academy has been told it must improve by government inspectors Ofsted.

The school was inspected on April 20th, 2017.

The report states:

The quality of teaching, learning and assessment over time varies too much across classes and subjects. The most able pupils are not always sufficiently challenged.

Staff turbulence has led to weak teaching in the past. As a result, current pupils have gaps in their skills and knowledge, especially in Years 5 and 6.

There is too much variation in the progress of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.

There is not enough emphasis on the measurement of pupil progress from individual pupil starting points.

A minority of pupils feel uncomfortable at playtimes because of the boisterous behaviour of some of the older pupils.

Low-level disruption is a feature of lessons where learning does not sufficiently challenge or interest the pupils.

The quality of phonics teaching varies. Senior leaders do not always ensure that lower-ability pupils are provided with the most skilful teachers.

The early years requires improvement. Children in the early years often spend too much time on literacy and numeracy tasks. As a result, they are not able to develop and practise their skills in other areas of learning.

It also makes reference to a number of strengths:

Senior leaders and governors have high aspirations for pupils. Staff share their vision and are supportive of senior leaders.

Teaching, learning and assessment are improving as senior leaders have taken effective action to employ skilled teachers.

Pupils make good progress in mathematics as a result of good teaching.

Pupils benefit from a well-planned and interesting curriculum.

We will endeavour to elicit a response from Potter Street Academy after half term.

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