Changes underway after Ofsted says Crawley school ‘requires improvements’

A primary school has had its Ofsted rating reduced from ‘good’ to ‘requires improvement’.

Milton Mount Primary School, Pound Hill, had its latest inspection report published on March 18.

A grade of three out of four - one being the highest - was given.

The school has been told the quality of teaching and marking is not consistently good enough.

The report said: “The progress that pupils make varies between year groups and subjects and is not consistently good, particularly in mathematics.

“Attainment has improved steadily over the last three years, but progress has been significantly below that found nationally, and was particularly low in mathematics.”

It said teachers did not always challenge the pupils enough, especially the more-able pupils.

It said: “Teachers do not always ask questions that make pupils think hard enough, or require them to explain their understanding and so develop their learning further.”

It also stated that the wider leadership team did not use information about pupils’ progress well to identify those falling behind.

However, the headteacher and their deputy were praised for effectively evaluating teaching and eradicating inadequate teaching.

Ofsted also recognised the school’s good levels of behaviour and attendance.

It added: “The quality of teaching was improving, and some of the teaching seen during the inspection was very effective. As a result, pupils’ attainment is rising.”

Headteacher Anne Holmes said the school’s management team had already taken action on many of the areas identified by Ofsted.

She said: “Therefore school improvement plans are already in place and beginning to show impact.

“To improve our school further we will be focussing on several issue issues identified in the report.

“This will include continuing to improve the quality of teaching e.g. through questioning and challenging more able pupils, developing the role of middle leaders and ensuring consistency between year groups.

“We take the Ofsted recommendations very seriously and will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that Milton Mount Primary School offers all of our pupils the outstanding education they deserve.”