Improving school has ‘lively and motivating curriculum’

jpco-St Margarets School (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140520-145503001
jpco-St Margarets School (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140520-145503001

A school has been told it has taken effective action to make improvements set out by Ofsted.

St Margaret’s CofE Primary School, in Ifield, has received its first monitoring inspection report, published on May 14, since Ofsted said it ‘requires improvement’ after an inspection in January.

The monitoring inspection report said the school had taken effective action and pupils benefited from a “lively and motivating curriculum”.

It stated: “The governing body is well organised and asks suitably challenging questions of you and the senior staff to keep you on your toes.

“The school, therefore, has many strengths and continues to move forward. And yet, pupils’ attainment in reading, writing and mathematics is average and their achievement is not yet good.”

Mrs Helen Fletcher-Reilly, headteacher, said: “The school’s Christian foundation supports pupil’s spiritual development well.

“The school site, indoors and outdoors, is well developed as an exciting learning environment.

“All of the strengths of the school, and styles of teaching associated with them, have come about as a result of clear, principled leadership, as well as much worthwhile thought and research amongst staff.”

The school has been told that in order to improve further it should put in place a new school improvement plan for September 2014.

It has also been told to ensure that systems for staff performance management ensure teachers can be made accountable for the progress made by pupils.

Ofsted also told the school to ensure that senior leaders’ formal observations of lessons are focused on how well all pupils learn, more than what staff members do.

It added that the school should train and empower all subject leaders to raise expectations further in their subjects.