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Infants school makes it into Ofsted’s good books

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 06, 2014

12/03/13 School GV - Thomas Russell Infant School, Station Road, Barton Thomas Russell Inants School - Barton

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IMPRESSIVE leadership and teaching have been singled out in a positive report on an East Staffordshire Infants School.

Inspectors from the Government’s education watchdog Ofsted also praised the behaviour and attainment of pupils at the Thomas Russell Infants School, in Barton.

The school, in Station Road, was graded as good in all areas, and only missed out on an outstanding rating because not all teaching was of the very highest quality and marking was not detailed enough.

Lead inspector Simon Mosley said the school had taken effective measures to improve standards at the school, which had fallen slightly since its previous visit when it was judged as outstanding.

He said: “The co-head teachers, supported by the governors and staff, have taken decisive action to improve teaching and achievement.

“This can be seen in improvements in standards in writing, which for a time were not as strong as they were during the last inspection.

“School leaders work effectively together to regularly monitor pupils’ progress closely to ensure that action is taken to make sure that all pupils make good progress in all subjects.”

The vast majority of the school’s early years pupils are at an above average level by the time they reach Year 1 thanks to the quality of the teaching, Mr Mosley said.

This is supported through indoor and outdoor activities.

Mr Mosley said: “Attainment at the end of Year 2 has been above the national average every year since the last inspection.

“As a result of good teaching and positive attitudes to learning, pupils make good progress in English, mathematics and other subjects.

“Classrooms are attractive learning spaces that use though-provoking displays well to assist pupils in their work and also celebrate their achievements.”

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