A PRIMARY SCHOOL is finally “back on track” after six years of needing improvements.
Bishop Tufnell CofE Primary School, Pennyfields, Felpham, was rated as good by Ofsted following an inspection in July.
The school was rated as needing improvement in 2016 after concerns were raised about the standard of teaching and student progress. Writing and Mathematics.
It maintained the assessment during a surveillance visit in 2017, a full inspection in 2018 and a surveillance visit in 2019 when inspectors criticized the school for not taking “effective action” to address the areas for improvement.
A remote monitoring visit was conducted in March 2021, which commended the school for “effective action”, including reviewing the curriculum.
After the July inspection, inspectors commended the school management for getting the school “back on track” and recognized the school for its “strong” pastoral care, prompt identification and support of students with special educational needs and/or disabilities and their development of “rigorous procedures” to protect students.
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The July report states: “Pupils are happy at school and enjoy learning. Leaders make sure everyone is included. Students appreciate the friendships they make with their classmates and the friendly staff who help them study. This is a school where all students are valued.
“Leaders are united in their passion and ambition to provide the best education. Leaders have put this school back on track and made steady improvements. Students take pride in their school and feel a part of the community it serves.”
However, inspectors said the school still needs to improve and raised concerns that teachers did not have the “knowledge and skills” to teach all areas of the curriculum.
The report states: “Effective use of assessment in the foundation subjects is not yet universal. Teachers are therefore not always confident in knowing how confident students are in their knowledge and understanding. Managers should carefully monitor the effectiveness of the assessment to ensure that students are more aware and remembered of the school’s overall curriculum.
“Some staff don’t have the knowledge and skills they need to teach all areas of the curriculum consistently well, like history and art and design. This affects the consistency of instruction and impacts student performance.
“Leaders should ensure that staff are trained so that they have the technical and pedagogical knowledge they need to plan and teach all subjects effectively.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/22809004.bishop-tufnell-cofe-primary-school-felpham-rated-good-ofsted/?ref=rss Bishop Tufnell CofE Primary School in Felpham has been rated as good by Ofsted