Nelson school chiefs on top of problems

SENIOR leaders and governors at a Nelson school are taking ‘effective action’ to tackle problems, Ofsted has found.

It comes after inspectors told St Philip's CofE Primary School, in Leeds Road, was told it required improvement in October.

Inspector John Nixon told headteacher Kathryn Ellidge in a letter: “Improvements I saw in the way pupils’ use of vocabulary and in the quality of their writing result from actions taken by the English subject leader.

“Marking is improving, particularly in English, because you set clear expectations of how teachers should mark work.

“However, further challenge is still required to ensure marking consistently meets your expectations in all subjects, particularly in mathematics.

“There are more opportunities for pupils to work independently since the inspection.

“The school should take further action to identify mid-year expectations in the action plan so Governors can check the plan is working.”

Ofsted may carry out further visits and, where necessary, provide further support and challenge to the school until its next section 5 inspection.

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