15:35 Monday 02 December 2013

School puts action plan put in place after critical Ofsted visit

Written byMARK MCKAY

Edge Hill Junior School - Stapenhill Edge Hill Junior School - Stapenhill

A HEAD teacher has said he is ‘determined’ to address issues raised in a critical Ofsted report.

Dr Mike Mander, head teacher of Edge Hill Junior School, in Sycamore Road, Burton, also said an action plan would be put in place after weaknesses were identified in leadership, teaching and pupils’ attainment.

In the report, Derek Aitken, lead inspector of the Government’s education watchdog Ofsted, said teaching was not ‘consistently good enough’ at the school, which scored satisfactory in its previous inspection.

According to Mr Aitken the more-able pupils were not consistently challenged to do their best while there were few chances for the brightest pupils.

He also said not enough pupil achieved the higher levels and the quality of teaching varied, although some was outstanding.

‘Significant changes’ in the school’s English and maths department also ‘slowed the school’s efforts to drive improvement quickly’, Mr Aitken said.

But the behaviour and safety of pupils are a ‘strength of the school’ while relationships between staff and pupils were heralded as ‘warm and supportive’, in Mr Aitken’s report.

Dr Mander said: “The report has recognised the strengths and some of positive aspects of the school but also identified areas for improvement.

“We are encouraged that Ofsted confirmed these areas for improvement, which reflected the priorities we have identified in our improvement plan.

“This is a good school in many ways and, working with the whole school community, we are committed to raising levels of attainment and progress for all pupils through building on the progress we have already made.”

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