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Maths hailed as strong point at Woodville school

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 10, 2014

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A ‘RE-INVIGORATED’ and successful teaching team has been praised for improving a South Derbyshire school.

Inspectors from the Government’s education watchdog Ofsted made the comments about teaching and leadership at Woodville CoE Junior School, in High Street.

The report will come as welcome news to parents, pupils and staff at the school, which had been rated as good in all areas – an improvement from its previous score of satisfactory.

In the report, lead inspector Judith Straw lauded the achievements of the school’s staff in boosting the school’s standards.

She said: “The head teacher and senior leadership team have successfully led the school’s good improvement since the previous inspection.

“Almost all pupils now make good progress and are achieving well.

“New leadership of teaching has led to a re-invigorated, successful teaching team which means that teaching is consistently good and sometimes outstanding.”

Published attainment figures ‘does not do justice to the quality of pupils’ achievement’, because many who do not join until Key Stage 2 are ‘well behind’ their age group, Ms Straw said.

The quality of teaching was also hailed as a strength in the school, with major improvements in maths being singled out for particular praise.

Ms Straw said: “Mathematics, previously a weakness, it now particularly strong.

“Pupils grasp the basics of calculation skills, including mental recall. They have many opportunities to develop their skills in numeracy in other subjects such as science.

“Effective teaching was seen in maths where highly-skilled questioning and expert subject knowledge meant that pupils could build on what they already knew to make rapid progress.”

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