Frustration as school is told it must improve


A school has been told to continue improving the quality of its teaching after the achievement of pupils was judged to be below average.

Maidenbower Junior School, in Harvest Road, was rated as requiring improvement following an inspection by Ofsted at the end of February.

A report was published on March 20.

The inspection marked the second time in the past three years the school had been told to improve.

Since the previous inspection in 2013 there had been several staff changes – and, although the rating stayed the same, the improvement in leadership skills was commended by Ofsted.

The report stated: “Leaders have taken decisive steps to improve teaching and learning and eliminate weak teaching, following a fall in standards since the previous inspection.”

Headteacher Allyson Croucher only joined the school in September 2013 and felt she had achieved a great deal in that time.

She added: “The frustrating part for us is we have been measured ‘over time’ and this has included achievement measures of children in past years.

“We were pleased the report recognised the work of the whole leadership team, including governors, and that it confirmed that we are effective and having a positive impact.”

Issues raised in Ofsted’s report included concerns pupils had not made rapid enough progress, particularly in maths and writing, and that work was not always demanding enough.

Mrs Croucher said: “As a school, we had already identified the focus of raising our level of challenge for all children.”

She added: “All staff in MJS aim to set the highest standards of provision and they work tirelessly towards this.

“We are blessed with the nicest children, who love coming to school, love learning and this makes our school a very special place.”