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Benwick School must improve says government's Ofsted inspector




A village school has been told it must improve following a recent inspection by Ofsted.

Inspectors from the school watchdog visited Benwick School over two days last month and found it requires improvement across all areas from the quality of teaching to the way it is managed and pupil outcomes.

It was last inspected in 2014 when it was rated good.

Benwick School 'requires improvement' says Ofsted. (13834933)
Benwick School 'requires improvement' says Ofsted. (13834933)

A report following the inspection said: "Since the previous inspection, pupils’ achievement has declined. Challenges with staffing have resulted in improvements being too slow and inconsistent. Consequently, pupils’ progress and attainment are not good.

"The quality of teaching and learning varies too much throughout the school. This affects many pupils’ progress, including disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and the most able pupils."

Tracey Fielding, who carried out the inspection, continued: "Governors do not challenge leaders rigorously to check that leaders’ actions are having sufficient impact. Middle leadership is at an early stage of development. These leaders do not have the necessary strategic oversight of their area of responsibility to contribute effectively to the school’s improvement."

She also found some pupils' poor behaviour too often disrupts the learning and efforts of others.

While Leaders do not know enough about the impact of the additional funding for disadvantaged pupils and those with SEND. Leaders’ evaluation lacks precision and rigour.

Ms Fielding also said pupils do not receive "routine opportunities in the wider curriculum to be able to apply their basic skills, especially writing".

The report continues: " Children in the early years get off to a happy, positive start to school life. However, adults do not use assessment information well enough to support children to make good progress in their learning from their starting points.

"Despite leaders’ efforts, there is a core of parents and carers who do not have confidence in the school’s leadership and who are dissatisfied with teaching, learning and the curriculum.

However, Ms Fielding concludes the school has some strengths including the fact the headteacher has a secure understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses and knows what needs to be done to improve.

Read the report here: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/21/110627



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