School told to raise standards by Ofsted

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Poor attendance and a lack of progress in key subjects were cited as failings after a school was deemed to “require improvement” by inspectors.

Great Waldingfield Primary School was judged by education inspectors Ofsted to require improvement, the third lowest of four scores given out by the Government body.

The school, which was previously rated as “good”, was told it was falling below the levels expected in its achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, and leadership and management after it was inspected last month.

In contrast, it was once again rated as good in the behaviour and safety of pupils.

In his report, lead inspector Gavin Jones said: “Not enough pupils are making good progress in English and mathematics.”

The inspector also suggested that work was not “always hard enough” for the most able in these subjects.

Teaching itself was criticised as “not yet consistently good enough”, with the school failing to check the quality of teaching.

He recognised that the new headteacher Tina Hosford, who started at the school in September, had not had time to have sufficient impact with her changes.

Mr Jones did highlight several positive areas, saying leaders and managers at the school had set about to improve it in a systematic way.

He applauded the “consistently good teaching” in early years classes and said pupils’ behaviour in the school was “good and sometimes exemplary”.

“The aim of Great Waldingfield is to be outstanding,” said the school in a written statement this week.

“We have the highest expectations for each of our pupils and we aim to inspire every child to achieve their potential and beyond.

“We are particularly proud that a strength of the school is the behaviour of the children.”

The statement said work had already begun on improving the school.

“More rigorous monitoring of pupils’ progress is in place,” it read.

“A deputy headteacher with a proven track record in raising standards has been appointed for September.

“The report acknowledges improvements have already been made and recognised the headteacher’s clear vision for improvement.”

The school will be visited by Her Majesty’s Inspectors, who will then help it secure improvement.