Primary school needs to improve say OFSTED

Christ Church CE Primary School, Pellon.
Christ Church CE Primary School, Pellon.

A primary school requires improvement, as deemed by OFSTED.

Christ Church Pellon CE Primary School was inspected at the beginning of last month and resulted in an overall effectiveness of requiring improvement – OFSTED’s new classification of what previously was branded ‘satisfactory’.

A previous inspection at the school labelled the school satisfactory.

This year’s report did add that the behaviour and safety of pupils was ‘good’, but that achievement of pupils, quality of teaching and leadership and management all required improvement.

In particular, the quality of teaching in mathematics is not strong enough, states the report, due to until very recently the subject being without a suitable leader.

Th school has the following strengths though, according to OFSTED; a successful sense of community through a time of considerable staff changes, leaders making some good appointments resulting in now stable staffing, and consistently good teaching in years five and six.

The school was also praised for making good provision for the high proportion of pupils who join during the year – especially those who speak very little English, pastoral support and turning round the behaviour of those pupils who have been excluded by other schools.

The inspectors observed teaching and learning in 13 lessons or part of lessons taught by eight different teachers. Two were observed jointly with senior leaders.