Ofsted inspectors visit federated primary schools

Ellingham Primary School has been visited by Ofsted.

Ellingham Primary School has been visited by Ofsted. - Credit: James Bass

Two federated primary schools have been visited by Ofsted, with one graded as good and the other requiring improvement.

Woodton Primary School was graded good in all the five key areas in the report published last week, including effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, personal development and behaviour. The school was last visited in May 2014, when its overall effectiveness was graded as requires improvement.

An inspection was also carried out at Ellingham Primary School, which was told it required improvement during the last Ofsted inspection in 2014. The recent report said the school still requires improvement, although progress has been made.

School headteacher Charlotte Whyte said: “The inspectors for both schools acknowledged how far they have come and the good work that has been achieved so far.

“As both schools are federated, the staff and governors work across both schools and improvements at both are part of that joint operation.

“It is also how we will continue to move both schools forward to meet the challenges of the current changes and future changes in education, keeping the children at the heart of everything we do.”

The report for Woodton praised the headteacher for tackling the areas previously requiring improvement with skill and determination. It said senior leaders and governors now have an in-depth knowledge of the school’s strengths and the areas needing further work, good teaching ensures that pupils grow in confidence and make good progress across the curriculum and teachers know their pupils very well as individuals.

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It also praised pupils’ positive attitudes which have had an impact on their learning and progress and pupils’ respectful relationships with adults and one another.

Meanwhile Ellingham Primary School was graded good for personal development, behaviour and welfare as well as early years provision, but requires improvement in effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment and outcomes for pupils.

The report said leaders have tackled many of the weaknesses identified, however, they have not ensured that teaching is securely good. It said progress of pupils in Years 1 and 2 is too slow because teaching has not been good enough.

?However staff and governors were praised for working together as a team, along with the strong commitment by everyone to further improve the school so that all pupils achieve well. It said leaders work to promote a harmonious atmosphere has been effective, resulting in behaviour being much improved since the time of the last inspection, and reading is taught and promoted well across the school so that pupils develop a real enthusiasm for reading and develop their skills well.

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