Robust changes to improve achievement

jpco 21-11-12 The Mill Primary school is making improvements (Pic by Jon Rigby)
jpco 21-11-12 The Mill Primary school is making improvements (Pic by Jon Rigby)

An Ifield school which was previously rated as ‘inadequate’ is making ‘robust’ improvements, an Ofsted report has revealed.

The Mill Primary School, Ifield Drive, was judged as ‘inadequate’ in overall effectiveness during an inspection on February 2 and 3 2012.

The report revealed a need to improve the quality of teaching and the pupils’ achievement, and to reduce the number of staff absences.

But thanks to ‘hard work and a positive attitudes’, a recent Ofsted inspection found the school is making ‘satisfactory’ progress in addressing the issues.

Headteacher Leila Murray, said she was delighted by the results of the inspection which was undertaken on October 2 and published on October 23.

She said: “We have worked hard to make the curriculum as exciting and motivating as possible.

“The children have really enjoyed our revised curriculum, particularly our exciting trips which help to provide the children with real experiences to bring the curriculum alive.”

The latest inspection pointed out that four teachers and three teaching assistants left the school since February 2012 but two new middle leaders have been appointed and one middle leader joined on a temporary contract.

Recruitment is underway for teacher and parent governor vacancies.

Mrs Murray added: “We were delighted to have a very strong field of applicants to replace those who left and these appointments have been very successful.”

Test results at the end of Year 2 and Year 6 this year, improved compared to last year but the improvements were inconsistent between all pupils and achievement remains below average in English.

Mrs Murray explained that English was a key area in the school action plan.

She said: “Parents have been delighted with the new reading scheme introduced this year and this has supported children’s reading at home.”

There will be another inspection in 12-18 months and if the school is not making the required progress, further measures will be considered.