Behaviour is key factor in school’s double success
A STAPLEFORD Primary School is celebrating after achieving its second ‘good’ Ofsted report in a row.
Wadsworth Fields Primary School, in Wadsworth Road, was inspected at the start of May and was awarded the second best category overall.
The school was judged to be a ‘good’ education provider because children in the early years foundation stage make good progress from their below-average starting point, pupils continue to make good progress throughout the school and, by the time they leave in year six, attainment is average in English and above average in mathematics.
The teachers were congratulated for providing good lessons overall, with some lessons judged outstanding.
The inspectors also noted that pupils are keen to learn and that relationships with one another, teachers and teaching assistants are very positive.
Head teacher at the school, Sally Bates, said she was thrilled with the outcome of the inspection.
She said: “We’re delighted to have been given a good accreditation for two years running. We recognise that under the new Ofsted framework it is becoming increasingly difficult for schools to show they are providing a good standard of education.
“For us, our success has been a team effort, from the midday supervisors to the governors coming together as a team to do the best for our children.
“We are celebrating the all-round contribution of all our staff. They are all passionate about working with our children and parents to make sure the life chances of each individual child are as good as they can be.”
Other reasons why the school was judged to be good was because behaviour is good, and in some lessons exemplary, and because pupils feel safe.
It was also commended for the strong head teacher and leadership team and because links with parents and attendance have both improved significantly since the previous inspection.
Lead inspector Lynn Brewster said: “The curriculum is themed around the interests of the pupils and provides breadth, balance and promotes good behaviour.
“Many opportunities exist for pupils to take part in a range of enrichment activities, including art, music, dance, sport and gardening, as well as residential visits and school trips that complement their learning. Spiritual, moral social and cultural opportunities provided by the school contribute well to pupils’ overall education.”
The school was not judged as ‘outstanding’ because in some lessons the pace of learning is too slow and work lacks sufficient challenge.
Inspectors also noted that not all teachers give helpful feedback when they mark pupils’ work and that although achievement in writing is improving, it is not yet good in all years. Some pupils are unsure of their targets and there are not enough opportunities to practice writing in the subjects they study.
Mrs Bates added: “I am confident that we will achieve ‘outstanding’ in our Ofsted. We are going to carry on polishing what we are doing at the moment and looking at every resource we can to enhance what we offer to our students.”