A BURTON primary school has been told it ‘requires improvement’ with inspectors picking out maths as a weak spot in pupils’ learning.
The Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School, in Wetmore Road, was told the achievement of its pupils, quality of teaching and leadership and management required improvement following a visit last month.
But inspectors Steve Nelson and Judith Tulloch praised the pupils’ behaviour and revealed Year Six pupils were above average in reading and writing.
In the report, which the Government’s education watchdog Ofsted has just published, said pupils’ progress in maths required improvement, pupils did not have chance to solve maths problems or to use their maths skills in different subjects.
The inspectors also raised concerns about the quality of teaching, which they said varied too much.
In the report, Mr Nelson said: “Pupils are not all skilled in solving problems in maths. They do not do sufficient practical investigative work.
“Although attainment has risen in maths, pupils have not made enough progress.”
But despite the concerns, Mr Nelson and Ms Tulloch highlight key areas of strength in the school including pupils’ behaviour which was called ‘consistently good’.
They said Year One pupils scored ‘well above’ the national average in phonics test, the school is effectively improving writing standards and pupils are confident in using interesting sentences.
Head teacher Nicola Oliphant was also praised for identifying the ‘right priorities’ based on an accurate assessment of the school’s strengths and weaknesses.
Ms Oliphant said: “The report is a fair and accurate picture of the journey we are on and confirmed all of the judgements that the senior leadership team have made.
“As a staff team we are dedicated and committed to the children and will continue to strive to ensure that these improvements are tackled and met as soon as possible.”