Ofsted ‘failed’ to note Wisbech pupil’s progress

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A Wisbech headteacher says she is “disappointed” after claiming the findings of an Ofsted inspection failed to reflect progress made.

The education watchdog carried out a monitoring visit at Orchards Church of England Primary School last month, after it was judged to require improvement following a full inspection in May.

A letter to the school from inspector Kim Hall said senior leaders and governors are not taking effective action to tackle areas identified as requiring improvement, and should “urgently” commission a review of governance.

It also said they should expect pupils to achieve the same as other nationally for their age by setting more “inspirational targets”.

In response, headteacher Nicola Parker, said: “I am disappointed with the monitoring letter we received. Though we know we are on a journey of improvement, and still have some distance to go, the letter doesn’t reflect the progress we have made so far. The children work hard and have made good progress.”

The letter said leaders are not focusing on crucial areas for improvement or tackling weak teaching, yet Mrs Parker said the school has had its best results for two years in a row; improving by nine per cent on last year.

It also said pupil outcomes remain “significantly below expectations for reading, writing and mathematics”. However, the school has met the National Standard for Reading, Writing and Maths combined, but as the data isn’t published until December, itwasn’t taken into account.