Burnley primary school 'requires improvement'
5:00pm Sunday 8th December 2013 in News
A PRIMARY school has been told it 'requires improvement' by Ofsted inspectors.
Burnley St James’ Church of England Primary School, which was previously rated as ‘good’, was found to have issues with pupils’ progress in reading, writing and mathematics.
Inspectors also found the Briercliffe Road’s governing body was ‘not well-enough informed’ to hold school leaders fully to account. However, the team found examples of good and outstanding teaching across the school.
Lead inspector Louise Murphy said: “Pupils’ attendance rate is above average, which reflects their enjoyment of school. “
The new headteacher has a clear view of how successful the school can be. She has accurately identified what needs to be done to move the school forward.”
However problems with children’s achievement were noted and she added: “Attainment across the last three years has declined slightly in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of year two.
“The learning environment for reception pupils is largely dull. Children’s curiosity is not being effectively stimulated to encourage them to investigate and explore early literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills, especially during independent activities.”
Ofsted also called for improvements to the governance of the school and Ms Murphy said:
“Attendance at committee level is variable and meetings sometimes have to be postponed because too few governors are present.
“Governors acknowledge that their knowledge of pupils’ progress and of the difference made by the use of the pupil premium funding is limited.”
Headteacher Tracy Heys said the areas identified by Ofsted were already part of a School Improvement Plan.
She said: “I am delighted that the huge improvements to our behaviour system have been recognised and behaviour and safety at our school is well on the way to being outstanding.
“The staff and governors of St James, Lanehead look forward to working with the inspectorate to guide us on our journey to an outstanding rating.”
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