School raising its standards

Ofsted report at Shelf Junior and Infant School.'From the left, Harrison Gribble, 10, Emily Sandford, 11, and Rebecca Judd, 11, hard at work in the scholl library
Ofsted report at Shelf Junior and Infant School.'From the left, Harrison Gribble, 10, Emily Sandford, 11, and Rebecca Judd, 11, hard at work in the scholl library
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A SCHOOL has been recognised for making significant strides in improving teaching and learning.

Ofsted inspectors found Shelf Junior and Infant School provided a satisfactory standard of education but is raising standards further.

“It is an improving school due to good leadership,” said inspector Christopher Keeler.

“As a result, pupils are beginning to make better progress than they have done for some time.

“Since the arrival of the current head teacher the quality of teaching and learning has improved significantly.”

Teachers were found to have high expectations and planned lessons carefully to meet the needs of pupils.

And a good curriculum allows children to access a wide range of learning experiences that are enriched by extra-curricular clubs and visits.

“On occasions, where provision is satisfactory, teachers do not always identify those pupils who are experiencing dificulties quickly enough during the lessons and give appropriate support in order to accelerate learning.”

Head teacher Sian Fenton, who started at the school in January 2010, said she was delighted with the positive comments.

“Ofsted acknowledged the school’s rapid improvement and that the quality of teaching was predominately good with some outstanding,” she said.

“Ofsted also picked up on the wonderful sense of teamwork.”

Chairwoman of governors Sue Jones said Ofsted also recognised the school is well placed to improve further and to do so quickly.

“This is testament to the efforts of the children, staff and governors, all of whom are working together tirelessly to make sure that the school becomes the best it can be,” she said.

Ofsted recommended staff identify and tackle pupils’ barriers to learning during lessons sooner to further raise standards in English and mathematics.