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‘Inadequate’ rating for March primary school

A March primary school has been rated by Ofsted as “inadequate” in a report which was released yesterday (Wednesday, June 3).

Burrowmoor Primary School has received a damning report from inspectors which cites “inadequate” teaching along with issues with the leadership and pupils behaviour.

Earlier this week, it was announced that Jason Wing, Neale Wade principal, was taking over as executive headteacher.

Previous head Anna Traer-Goffe left a month ago to “pursue other opportunities”.

The report, which was compiled during a visit in March, states: “The headteacher, other leaders and the local governing body have not been successful in addressing weaknesses quickly enough.

“Leaders are over generous in their evaluation of the school’s work. This means that they do not have a clear picture of the main priorities for improvement.

”The school’s systems for checking and then improving the quality of teaching and pupils’ progress are not thorough enough.

“Pupils do not achieve well enough because teaching is inadequate. Many pupils make slow progress. Attainment and progress in many year groups is too low.

“The school is not effective in closing the gap between the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and others. The use of pupil premium funding is not checked closely enough by leaders.

“In Key Stages 1 and 2, teachers’ expectations of what pupils can achieve in their work are too low. Teachers do not always provide the right level of challenge for pupils.

“Teachers do not ensure that the feedback given to pupils on their work helps them to improve it. Some teaching assistants are not suitably deployed to ensure that they make a positive contribution to pupils’ learning.

“Adults do not manage pupils’ behaviour consistently well in class or in the playground. Pupils’ behaviour is inadequate. Too many have poor attitudes towards learning. They do not always behave well in lessons or at break times. They do not always try hard enough to do their best. Their work is often poorly presented.

“Early years provision requires improvement because children’s writing skills improve too slowly in the

Reception year.”

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