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Burrowmoor School in March is making 'swift improvements' but still needs to improve say Ofsted

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A March school which has recently been joined by a new headteacher, is ‘securing swift improvements’ according to its latest Ofsted report.

Diane Hawkes head of Burrowmoor School in March. (5349147)
Diane Hawkes head of Burrowmoor School in March. (5349147)

Burrowmoor school, was inspected earlier this term with inspectors finding that leaders and staff have a strong commitment and their determination to improve pupils’ outcomes is clear.

However, the school was still rated as 'Requires Improvement' following the inspection, which came just five weeks after new head Diane Hawkes took over.

Burrowmoor School is making progress but still 'Requires Improvement' says Ofsted. (5349150)
Burrowmoor School is making progress but still 'Requires Improvement' says Ofsted. (5349150)

The report shows "the new headteacher’s accurate view of the school and actively ambitious vision for the future are securing swift improvements in teaching and pupils’ achievements".

Mrs Hawkes said: “The Ofsted inspection shows that there are examples of effective teaching at Burrowmoor and in these cases, pupils are making good progress. We are now focussing to replicate these examples of great work across our school to ensure that Burrowmoor offers the very best education for all of its pupils.”

The inspectors recognised the school has experienced considerable change in leadership.

The report said: "The school benefits from the support of the Active Learning Trust, which provides resources, specialist consultants and training programmes for staff. The Trust enables teachers to work with colleagues from other schools within the trust, including the local secondary school. This is helping to improve the quality of teaching, pupils’ outcomes and the transition for pupils moving on to Year 7."

Mrs Hawkes added: “We have so much to be proud of at Burrowmoor, however, as the report shows, the inspection came at a very early stage within our improvement journey. We are confident that the school is firmly moving in the right direction and with a little more time we are confident we will become consistently ‘Good’ across the school."

Inspectors recognised the Early Years provision was 'Good' ensuring pupils get off to a good start in their education.

The inspector said: "Most children make good progress and so are well prepared for their transition into Year 1. Effective leadership in the early years has ensured that children receive good-quality teaching. Since the previous inspection, staff have re-organised the environment both indoors and outside to enable children to make their own choices and develop their independence.

But the overall judgement from the report was 'Requires Improvement'. In order to achieve a 'Good' rating in future, the school is continuing its journey to improve the consistency and quality of teaching to accelerate pupil’s progress, to ensure teachers provide tasks that enthuse and engage pupils and advance the effectiveness of leadership and governance.

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