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Progress at school needing improvement

Acton Primary School ANL-151214-190523009
Acton Primary School ANL-151214-190523009

A village primary school previously deemed to require improvement is making progress say inspectors after a monitoring inspection.

Acton Primary School was deemed to require improvement during an inspection in November by Ofsted.

However Her Majesty’s Inspector John Mitcheson said senior leaders and governors were taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement identified at the last inspection in order to become a good school.

In November inspectors said Key Stage Two pupils’ attainment levels were below the national average, with criticism of the quality of teaching in the Key Stage.

Mr Mitcheson said: “A detailed plan for improvement is firmly in place. You and your senior team are using it to gauge the impact of your actions and monitor the rate at which improvements are being secured. Plans rightly prioritise improving provision and outcomes in key stage 2.”

The inspector said staff had responded well to training which had seen improvements in pupils writing skills.

Guided reading has also been introduced as have other new resources to accelerate pupils’ reading further.

He added that there had also been further training and resources in mathematics, while an external mathematics tutor is being used for pupils of all abilities, including those identified as most able.

In his report Mr Mitcheson wrote: “You have stressed the importance to all staff of raising their expectations of pupils, and providing work that challenges those of all abilities, especially the most able.

“You feel that progress has been made in this, in particular adding greater depth to pupils’ learning. However, during our brief learning walk, we saw very few examples of teachers providing additional or extra challenge for pupils.”

Assessment at the school had previously been criticised but Mr Mitcheson said this was more rigorous.

He added that more pupils were now expected to meet or exceed age-related expectations at the end of Key Stage 1 and 2 and that pupils in all classes were making good progress overall.

However, he said some teaching still required significant improvement.

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