‘Considerable turbulence’ in leadership behind school’s ‘requires improvement’ Ofsted rating

PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 January 2018 | UPDATED: 07:26 10 January 2018

Corpus Christi Primary School.

Corpus Christi Primary School.


A Weston primary school has been told it needs to improve after an education watchdog expressed concerns about pupils ‘not maintaining a good rate of progress’.

Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School, in Ellenborough Park South, was visited by Ofsted in November and its report was published this week.

The inspectors said the school’s teaching needed to improve, saying staff were ‘too often’ failing to use assessment information in their lesson planning, which failed to engage the interest of their pupils.

The report added: “The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare requires improvement as not all teachers currently have high enough expectations of pupils’ presentation in their work.

“Although pupils currently in school are making progress, they are not making the progress they are capable of and have not made good progress over time.”

Ofsted raised concerns about the ‘considerable turbulence’ in the school’s leadership over the past two years.

The report adds: “Governors struggled to form an accurate picture of the school’s priorities because reports they received were not always in accord. This limited their strategic effectiveness.”

However, the inspector found the current leaders and governors to now have a ‘clear picture’ of where the school needed to improve.

The school, which previously held a good rating in all areas, started a partnership with Burnham’s St Joseph’s Primary School and Nursery on January 1 and is working closely with the school and North Somerset Council to implement best practice.

The education body commended the school’s safeguarding, praising the ‘highly vigilant’ staff who deal with the children’s safety with ‘confidence’.

Executive headteacher Helen Taylor said: “Our children, staff and parents work very hard so this report is obviously disappointing.

“The inspectors highlighted pupils have good spelling skills, sentence construction and punctuation and they write expressively and descriptively.

“Of course we accept the areas where we can do better, for example how teachers use assessment information effectively to set pupils tasks which are engaging, match their abilities and accelerate their progress.”

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