Improvements At School But Work Still Required Says Latest Ofsted Report

school summer 1The standard of leadership and management at the Five Islands School has improved since 2012. But some pupils are not making consistently good progress.

Those are the key findings in the school’s latest Ofsted report, following an inspection in October.

The school was rated as ‘good’ in three areas – its leadership, the behaviour and safety of pupils and early years provision.

But Ofsted inspectors say the quality of teaching and achievement of pupils ‘requires improvement.’

The report praises head teacher Linda Todd, who started in the role last year, for raising expectations for all pupils and for her commitment to improving standards throughout the school.

And it says senior staff have successfully tackled the areas identified in the previous inspection in November 2012 for improving leadership and management.

But the report says that not all pupils, particularly the most able and those with special educational needs, are making consistently good progress.

The quality of teaching and learning is uneven across year groups and subjects, and pupils are not always clear about what they need to do to improve their work.

Ofsted says teachers rely too much on the support of teaching assistants and are not monitoring the progress of pupils sufficiently. And not all teachers are helping to develop pupils’ literacy skills.

While there is good achievement in the Early Years stage, they say that’s not being built on as children move through to Key Stage 1.

But there were good examples of teaching identified, particularly in English and Maths.

In the upper school, Ofsted says the proportion of pupils attaining the highest A and A* grades at GCSE was inconsistent, but they said attainment is still generally strong.

“We were clear about what we needed to do to improve the school further and our inspection report has confirmed that we are going in the right direction,” said Linda.

“We put a new leadership structure in place in September and there is now a much greater focus on driving up standards of teaching and learning.

“In particular, we will be building on the best practice in some areas of the school to ensure greater consistency across all ages and subjects. Teacher development will be focussing on tracking and impacting upon pupil progress within lessons as well as over time.

“We are at the very early stages of a whole school project to improve literacy skills across the whole curriculum and this should be successful in addressing some of the points raised in the report.

“I am pleased that the inspectors recognised the good leadership and management of the school, including governance. I feel confident that with the support of the dedicated and hardworking whole school team at Five Islands that I am privileged to work with, that the school will go from strength to strength.”

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