Improvements promised after Ofsted inspectors find pupils ‘underachieving’ at primary school

PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 April 2017

Ofsted inspectors said children are underachieving.

Ofsted inspectors said children are underachieving.


A headteacher says she is committed to bringing about ‘rapid improvement’ at a Worlebury primary school after inspectors found pupils are not making enough progress.

Ofsted inspectors said Worlebury St Paul’s Primary School, in Woodspring Avenue, requires improvement as pupils have gaps in their learning as a result of ‘inconsistent teaching’.

Worlebury was inspected at the end of February, and the report has now been published by the schools watchdog.

It says work is underway to improve the school, but teaching and pupils’ progress are not consistently good.

Inspectors said pupils – particularly boys and the most able children – are underachieving.

The report says: “Pupils are not as well prepared for their next stage of education as they should be.

“The behaviour of pupils requires improvement. When learning does not motivate and excite pupils, they sometimes become easily distracted.

“Low-level disruption is evident in some classes. This is because teachers’ expectations are too low and off-task behaviour is not dealt with consistently or quickly enough.”

Headteacher Michelle Bamford said she was disappointed by the outcome of the report but pleased inspectors recognised that good work is already underway to make improvements.

She said: “We have a fantastic school community at Worlebury and are committed to bringing about further rapid improvement.

“Now is the time to look forward and to ensure that the children of Worlebury St Paul’s Primary School receive the high quality education they deserve.”

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