Ofsted Report Good But Raises Concerns About Maths And English

The Five Islands School

Ofsted have said that Children’s Services on the Islands are “performing well”, but there are concerns about the progress of primary age children in Maths and English.

This follows two inspections by the Government’s education watchdog – one of the school in July 2010 and the other an unannounced review of contact, referral and assessment arrangements for children in need.

Early Years and Foundation Stages were judged to be outstanding while childminding and childcare provision was “good or better.”

But the report also points to two areas in need of improvement.

For the first time, progress in both Maths and English at the primary school was below the national average.

Ofsted also say that the trend of improvement in achieving five or more good GCSE results is not as good as schools in the rest of England and Wales, adding that, while young people on the islands continue to out-perform their peers on the mainland, the gap between them is closing.

Penny Penn-Howard, Head of Adult, Children’s and Community Services, said, “We’re pleased with the performance of our Children’s Services in this report. We have also taken note of those areas on which we need to improve and will work closely with the school to achieve even better inspection results next time.”

Bryce Wilby, Five Islands School Headmaster, said, “The past two years have seen remarkable achievements for everyone in Children’s Services. We have built a new school, improved performance of primary pupils and still achieve outstanding results for our pupils compared to national statistics. We were particularly pleased with the visit from Ofsted in July that highlighted our practice as being outstanding.”


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