School progress is ‘inadequate’

h1127a744 Exterior pic of Moorthorpe Primary (J and I) School.
h1127a744 Exterior pic of Moorthorpe Primary (J and I) School.

A SCHOOL that was given notice to improve last summer is making “inadequate progress,” a watchdog has found.

Ofsted visited Moorthorpe Primary School in February and found that in some cases, children’s learning had regressed.

The visit followed an inspection last June which found the school was failing to provide an acceptable standard of education.

In a letter to the Regent Street school, inspector Wendy Ripley stated: “Some of the pupils’ written work clearly indicates that they are not making enough progress for their age and, in a few instances, learning regresses.”

She said that too much of the pupils’ work went unmarked and when it was marked there was little evidence of meaningful written feedback to help pupils improve.

She said: “I am of the opinion at this time the school is making inadequate progress in addressing the issues for improvement and in raising the pupils’ achievement.”

Headteacher Margaret Wildey and the school’s governors have contested the latest report.

She said: “There were factual inaccuracies with their findings and I have contacted them with my concerns. It was an absolute shock to us because the leadership team is strong and everyone working in the school is driving forward the school’s progress.”

The full inspection took place in June last year and notice to improve is given to schools Ofsted feels are failing to provide an acceptable standard of education, but demonstrating the capacity to improve.

The letter also stated senior level members of staff were unable to identify areas for development and had no clear understanding of what needed to be done to improve the quality of teaching and learning.

And middle managers received inadequate guidance and support and they were left to soldier on and come up with their strategies and solutions.

Mrs Wildey said: “Teachers have higher expectations in order to improve learning and I am ensuring that teaching quality is improving in order to improve pupils’ achievement. I am passionate about the school and feel we are making adequate progress.”

The letter stated that there was good provision in the Early Years foundation stage results.

If the school does not meet the targets set, it could go into special measures, which would mean intense monitoring every term.