Primary school pulls up its socks

A VILLAGE primary school has been told it is rapidly improving after previously providing an unacceptable standard of education. Despite declining standards over the past couple of years, Ofsted inspectors say Court de Wyck Primary School is now getting b

A VILLAGE primary school has been told it is rapidly improving after previously providing an unacceptable standard of education.Despite declining standards over the past couple of years, Ofsted inspectors say Court de Wyck Primary School is now getting better under the guidance of a new management team.Ofsted gave the Claverham school an overall Grade 4 rating in its latest report, the lowest possible, meaning inadequate.A new assessment system is now being put into place to try to find out exactly why pupils are not doing as well as they should and to fill the gaps in their learning.Inspectors say in their report: "Children make a sound start in the reception year and are well equipped for later learning. However, this start is not effectively built on and progress is erratic as pupils go through the school. While standards are broadly average by the end of year six, they are not high enough and more able pupils in particular should be doing better."The school has accurately identified weaknesses in pupils' achievement in aspects of reading, mathematics and science, and these areas are priorities for improvement."Acting headteacher Sarah Warboys said: "There is no hiding there are major weaknesses in some areas, but the report acknowledges all staff and governors have recognised these shortcomings, put in place a school improvement plan to address these deficiencies, and have been working extremely hard to tackle them head-on, with already recognisable improvement."A new headteacher, Nick Riddiough, will start in January.


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