School on up after inspection

PUBLISHED: 16:06 27 July 2015

Churchfield Church School has been commended for its improvements.

Churchfield Church School has been commended for its improvements.

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A PRIMARY school has received praise for the advancements it has made three months after an Ofsted inspection found it required improvement.

Churchfield Church School in Highbridge received a re-inspection by Ofsted staff last month, having previously been deemed below-par during a routine visit in March.

Inspectors had found issues including insufficient detail in teachers’ marking, low pupil achievement and school leaders having yet to gain the confidence of staff to improve the situation.

But after re-visiting in June, inspector Steffi Penny said the school was taking ‘effective action’ to address concerns raised in the first assessment.

She said: “There has been a big cultural shift in the school since September 2014. A greater emphasis has been placed on raising standards. Teachers now expect higher quality work from pupils.

“Since the last inspection, staff morale has been boosted. Staff, the local governing body, and families have had a greater say in how the school should and could improve. For example, everyone involved with the school has had the opportunity to help shape the school development plan. They greatly appreciate this.”

Staff have been working alongside colleagues from Holy Trinity School in Yeovil, which Ms Penny found had ‘improved self-esteem’ and ‘increased teaching consistency’.

She also praised the school’s improved marking and feedback policies, but stressed ‘not all staff are following the school’s marking policy’, leaving some children without the necessary understanding of how to improve their work.

Wendy Nelder, the school’s headteacher, told the Mercury the changes implemented since the school’s first inspection were ‘clear to see’.

She said: “We were very pleased with the feedback from the inspector following the most recent visit to Churchfield.

“It has been a case of all staff working together to help implement the changes to the school, and working with the multi-academy trust as well as our partner school to share ideas and practices. Everybody has been pulling in one direction.”

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