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St James Primary praised by Ofsted at inspection

Education: Primary / Wed 7th Feb 2018 at 12:24pm

St James School

ST JAMES Primary school in Harlow has received a very positive inpection report from government watchdog Ofsted.

The school based at Paringdon Road in Harlow was visited between January 10th and 11th.

The report states:

The headteacher is a highly effective leader. She has very high expectations for the school, its staff and its pupils. Her positive impact on continual school improvement is very clear.

Safeguarding is highly effective. The school has a very open culture that encourages pupils to share their worries and concerns. Prompt action is taken to protect pupils when necessary.

Pupils make good progress throughout the school. From below average starting points, by the time pupils reach Year 6 their attainment compares well with other pupils nationally.

Pupils behave very well. They understand the school’s rules and follow them in their classrooms and during less structured parts of the school day.

Teachers know their pupils very well. They ensure that pupils’ individual needs are met and this enables them to make good progress.

Assessment in subjects other than English and mathematics is underdeveloped.

The early years class provides children with a good start to their education. Staff focus well on helping children to develop good speaking and listening skills in readiness for Year 1.

Governance is strong. Governors have a good range of skills and experiences that enable them to hold the school’s leaders to account and to support them well.

Subject leadership is underdeveloped. Leaders do not have a clear enough impact on improving standards in the subjects they lead.

Leaders do not track closely enough the progress pupils make in reading, writing and mathematics.

Absence rates are too high, particularly for disadvantaged pupils and pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities.

A small amount of weaker teaching remains. Teaching of reading and phonics is improving as a result of the actions taken by leaders. These improvements have not yet had time to impact fully on outcomes.

YH hopes to catch up with the headteacher, Georgina Bailey in due course.

The full report can be found at https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/141657

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