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School is given high expectations in its latest Ofsted report

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 10, 2014

10/07/14 Thomas Russell JS pupils OFSTED result, Thomas Russell juniors, Barton....Joe Tumilty, Alex Davis, Emma Preston, Maddie Wilson-Dunn....Front - Shelley Sharpe - head..

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AN East Staffordshire school is celebrating a double achievement after being described as ‘a school transformed from the ordinary’ as well as achieving its best ever SATs results.

Ofsted said that Thomas Russell Junior School in Gilmour Lane, Barton under Needwood, ‘shows a lot of potential for further improvement’ under its ‘much improved leadership and management.’

As well as achieving a rating of ‘good’ from a previous score of ‘satisfactory’, the school has also revealed that its year six pupils have recorded the best results to date, pushing it well above the national average. It reported that 100 per cent of pupils achieved a level four in reading, with 69 per cent achieving level five.

In writing 97 per cent achieved level four, and 45 per cent level five, while in maths 95 per cent achieved level four and 58 per cent level five.

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Head teacher Shelley Sharpe said: “We’ve worked really hard for a very long time now and the report is a credit to our staff. We’ve just focussed on what the children need to do to improve and we’ve been tighter with the marking and feedback we have given them.”

In the report, lead inspector Andrew Spittle said that the improvements have been the result of the determined efforts made by the head teacher and deputy head, helped by the local authority, which has provided guidance.

He said: “The relentless drive to improve teaching is working. There is now an expectation of excellence rather than adequacy.”

“There is a clear path of improvement in the school on record. When the school was previously inspected, teaching required improvement.

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