School falls short of national standards

Carlton J&I School, South Elmsall
Carlton J&I School, South Elmsall

PUPILS’ achievements, quality of teaching and leadership at a South Elmsall primary school have fallen short of meeting national standards.

Education watchdog Ofsted said that Carlton J&I School had improved, but ‘required improvement’ after a recent inspection.

Inspectors monitored 17 lessons last month and concluded that teaching varied across the school, which adversely affected the rate of pupil achievement.

Lead inspector Sharona Semlali, said in the report: “Teaching is improving but instability in staffing often slows pupils’ progress. The quality of teaching varies throughout the school, ranging from inadequate to good.”

The report stated that children began the early years foundation stage with skills ‘well below that expected for their age, particularly in communication, language and literacy.’

Ofsted recommended that the school reduces the amount of time teachers spoke in lessons to enable pupils to be more active in their learning.

The report did state that behaviour of pupils was good and they were polite, thoughtful and respectful to each other. Good teaching was also observed in nursery.

At its last inspection in January 2011 the overall effectiveness of the school was classed as satisfactory, but inspectors found that the leadership of the current acting headteacher and acting deputy headteacher had helped move the school forward quickly in a short space of time and that they cared deeply about all aspects of pupils’ development. However, this was still classed as an area that needed improving.

Ofsted will revisit the school within the next two years to see if the necessary improvements have been made.

Acting headteacher Maxine Smart said: “I want to emphasise the behaviour of the pupils because without good behaviour there can be no learning.

“We do have some key issues which are being addressed. Our main focus for improvement will be around teaching and learning as we feel that this is where we need to improve the most.

“Most of our lesson were judged as ‘good’ during the inspection and some required improvement, however we do need to raise attainment in English and maths.

“We have implemented rigorous monitoring procedures to ensure we are raising standards of children’s work and teacher performance.

“Through looking at the new teachers standards as well as pay and conditions, we are developing a programme of planned continuing professional development for teachers, so that all our teachers can be the best they can be.”