Crawley school delighted as standards improve

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Standards have risen at a school which was told to improve by Ofsted inspectors last year.

St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, Southgate Drive, received a monitoring visit after an inspection in November called for the quality of teaching and leadership to be addressed.

A report following the visit in January was published last week and praised the improvements made by acting headteacher Yvonne Mundy and her staff.

It stated: “You have worked with steady commitment to address the areas for improvement identified in the last inspection and standards have continued to rise.”

But inspectors advised the lack of permanent staff in the posts of headteacher and assistant headteacher was hindering the long-term development of the school.

The report said: “The school is continuing to move forward because of well-established processes but there is not enough evidence of an ambitious vision for the future.”

Improvements to the quality of teaching at St Francis were highlighted for particular praise, specifically in the area of maths which was found to have “improved significantly”.

The report stated: “In our visits to classrooms it was evident that more-able pupils were being better challenged by demanding and interesting work.

“Pupils’ work in this subject shows clear signs of improvement this term.”

Mrs Mundy said school governors were in the process of selecting permanent staff for the leadership roles.

She added: “We are delighted with our HMI (Her Majesty’s Inspectors ) letter that reflects the hard work of the staff to drive the school forward.

“The governors have undertaken a third round of recruitment for a substantive head teacher and we are hopeful that they are successful this time. It is very important that they find the right candidate for our school.

“It was recognised that the current senior leadership team are committed ‘to address the areas for improvement identified in the last inspection and standards have continued to rise’.”

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