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Primary school’s plans for development are ‘not sharp enough’ – Ofsted

PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 December 2017

Ofsted told the school it must improve. Picture: Royalty-Free/Corbis

Ofsted told the school it must improve. Picture: Royalty-Free/Corbis

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A Somerset primary school has been told it still needs to improve as the new headteacher aims to make progress ‘as quickly as possible’.

Ofsted praised the pupils' attitude to learning. Ofsted praised the pupils' attitude to learning.

Churchfield Church School, in Highbridge, was visited by Ofsted inspectors last month and has been told it ‘requires improvement’ – earning the same result as its 2015 inspection.

The education watchdog said the school was making positive steps but there was still too much ‘instability’ in the school’s leadership.

In 2016, governors and directors of the Bath And Wells Multi-Academy Trust appointed a new interim headteacher to lead the school, who has made a great difference to its development.

Ofsted observed the new headteacher, Justin Philcox had only been in position for ‘a matter of weeks’ before the inspection in November.

Churchfield Church School in Highbridge was told it requires improvements by Ofsted Churchfield Church School in Highbridge was told it requires improvements by Ofsted

The report says: “Leaders have not yet embedded the improvements to teaching which were made last year. They eradicated weak teaching but this led to a lack of continuity to teaching in some classes.

“Over time this has had an adverse impact on the achievement of pupils in the current years five and six.

“They do not yet have a clear and current picture of how teaching needs to improve. As a result, the school’s plan for its development is not sharp enough.”

Ofsted also raised concerns about pupils with special educational needs and disabilities after it said some of the work was ‘too hard’.

However, it was quick to praise the school’s ‘effective programmes’ for those children.

The inspectors also commended the progress made by the pupils, especially in the reception classes where the school achieved its only ‘good’ rating.

The report adds: “Pupils make good progress over key stage one and standards have been above national levels for the past two years. Across the board, students behave well in class and in the playground. They are proud of their school.”

Mr Philcox said: “We are pleased the Ofsted report reflects the hard work and improvements which have taken place at the school over the past two years.

“The report clearly outlines the areas where the school needs to improve further and the new school leadership team are focused on working with staff, parents and pupils to make the improvements needed as quickly as possible.”

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