Junior school told to improve by Ofsted

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Junior school staff said they were “united in rising to the challenge” set before them after being told to improve by Ofsted.

Bishop Tufnell CE Junior School recently underwent a two-day inspection and saw its previously ‘good’ rating drop to ‘requires improvement’.

In her report, lead inspector Julie Sackett acknowledged headteacher Shane Morton and his team had made “considerable improvements” to teaching over the past year – particularly in maths – but said the quality varied between subjects and classes.

Ms Sackett said it was “too soon” for the improvements to secure good achievements levels for the pupils but found they were “equipped increasingly well with the knowledge and skills needed to learn successfully”.

The report found standards at the end of Key Stage 2 had declined since the previous inspection, with pupils’ outcomes in 2016 being much lower than the national average in reading, writing and maths. But Ms Sackett noted more children were now on track to achieve at least expected standards in all three subjects by the end of Year 6 this year.

The Bishop Tufnell schools have been through a period of change over the past two years. The loss of the senior leadership team at the infant school in 2015 led to a partnership being formed between infants and juniors.

Mr Morton said: “The schools are forming a federation from September 2017 and the strategy is to improve standards of progress and achievement right through from the youngest ages up so that all children get off to the best possible educational start in life.”

The federation would see both schools managed by a single governing body, headteacher and leadership team.

Fionnula Robinson, chairman of governors, praised the ongoing efforts of Mr Morton and his team and added: “All members of the governing body and all members of staff are united in rising to the challenge set before us so that together we achieve good outcomes from Year R to Year 6.

“The federation of the two schools from September 2017 is central to this aim.”

To read the full report, log on to the Ofsted website.

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