Gisburn Road Primary School, Barnoldswick, back on track with improvement plan says Ofsted (From Craven Herald)
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Gisburn Road Primary School, Barnoldswick, back on track with improvement plan says Ofsted
8:00am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
A Barnoldswick primary school is bouncing back after criticism in a recent Ofsted inspection.
Gisburn Road Primary School was judged as “requiring improvement” after inspectors visited in June.
They determined that achievement of pupils, quality of teaching and leadership and management all required improvement, but the behaviour and safety of pupils was assessed as good.
In the report, inspectors said progress varied across the school with attainment below average in writing in key stage one and mathematics in key stage two.
However, they did note attainment was rising and was now closer to average, especially in reading and writing by the time pupils left school.
Inspectors said teaching fluctuated between year, and “the pace of lessons and variety of activities do not always enthuse pupils” and “work is not always set at the correct level”.
However, inspectors did say one of the school’s strengths was that children in the early years foundation stage made good progress and teachers planned exciting lessons that made learning fun.
And although Ofsted said leaders, governors and staff did not make full use of information about pupils’ progress, the school had a “clear path to further improvement” and recognised the headteacher and her staff had been implementing measures since September of last year to make the curriculum more creative, exciting and engaging .
The school has increased the number of clubs and sporting activities, including fencing, knitting, sewing, basketball, craft and choir. Guitar, woodwind and singing lessons are also on offer.
Headteacher Nicola Walker said: “Since we received the inspection report from Ofsted, teachers, governors, pupils and parents have been working tirelessly to raise standards.
“The projects have been inspirational. For example, the work parents and children have been doing with an artist to transform our infant building – creating 3D book characters in the entrance from some of the children’s books which they study in literacy – is amazing.
“To improve the children's understanding of the environment, pupils in year four are currently working on an environmental project. As part of this, the pupils have been growing their own vegetables and they have been making soup from these in our new oasis room / kitchen.
“We’ve also modified a couple of our classrooms to give the children easy access to an outdoor learning area. We’re hoping to do the same for our reception class, subject to planning permission.”
The application to Pendle Council includes installation of two new doorways to the Leonard Street elevation and removal of a wall to create a level playing area within the site.
Ms Walker said: “Every-thing we’re doing is designed to make sure we fully tackle the areas for improvement Ofsted identified and raise the pupils’ attainment in literacy and numeracy.
“I firmly believe we’ve made considerable progress in recent months but we won’t be resting on our laurels. There’s plenty more to do and I believe everyone connected with the school is fully committed to continuously improving the education on offer to our children.”
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