Acton Primary School ‘requires improvement’

Acton Primary School ANL-151214-190534009
Acton Primary School ANL-151214-190534009

Acton Church of England Primary School has been deemed to ‘require improvement’ by Government inspectors.

Ofsted inspectors found Key Stage Two pupils’ attainment levels were below the national average, with criticism of the quality of teaching in the Key Stage, following its two-day inspection on November 3-4.

In April 2014 the school received a letter from Her Majesty’s chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw to confirm the school had sustained its performance level from 2011 when it was rated as a ‘good’ school.

But a year and a half later inspectors have raised a number of issues.

Overall the school was deemed to require improvement in three of five key areas:

•Effectiveness of leadership and management.

•Quality of teaching, learning and assessment

•Outcomes for pupils.

It was rated good in the other key areas of:

•Personal development.

•Behaviour and welfare.

•Early years provision.

In the report the three inspectors Ruth Brock, Simon Harbrow and Douglas Stroud listed a number of areas requiring improvement.

The report stated: “Pupils‟ attainment at the end of Key Stage Two in 2015 was below the national average in mathematics, reading, and grammar, punctuation and spelling.

“The quality of teaching in Key Stage Two is not good enough. Teachers do not have high enough expectations of the quality of pupils’ work,particularly in mathematics and reading.

“They do not set work at the right level for the most-able pupils. Teachers do not use assessment information well enough to challenge pupils or to intervene quickly to support pupils who are struggling.”

Inspectors said the school’s Year Six pupils had some way to go to reach national expectations in 2016 in mathematics, saying they were two terms behind where they should be.

The school’s leadership was also singled out, with leaders and governors accused of “over-generous” evaluations.

The report stated: “As a consequence, they have not swiftly tackled areas that need improvement.

“Middle and senior leaders, some of whom are new to their posts, do not contribute well enough to raising standards of achievement in the areas for which they are responsible.”

The inspectors did pick out what they felt were the school’s strengths, including the safety and behaviour of pupils.

The report said: “They are polite and courteous and develop confidence and self-esteem.”

The report stated there was “good teaching and effective practice” in Early Years and Key Stage One, which was now being shared with other year groups leading to improvements in teaching.

Headteacher Julie O’Neill said: “I am pleased the inspection acknowledged our strengths as a caring and inclusive school with strong partnerships with parents and our local community.

“Although our children’s attainment in reading, writing and maths combined is above national levels and improving, our inspection took place within a few weeks of major national changes to assessment.

“I am confident that as we consolidate our work in this area, we will be able to demonstrate all children are making the fastest progress possible.

My staff and I are looking forward to further developing our school as a happy place which inspires children to develop their love of learning.”