Ofsted Report 2013

Anchorsholme Ofsted Inspection Report: 30 April - 1 May 2013

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Inspection Summary

This is a good school.

  • This is a happy school where pupils feel safe and well looked after. They say that the school is ‘like a big family’.
  • Achievement has improved over the past two years. Most pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics and reach the levels expected for their age.
  • Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage get off to a good start, and love talking about what they have learnt.
  • The majority of teaching is good and some is outstanding. Teachers have excellent relationships with pupils and want them to do as well as they can. Teaching assistants provide valuable support for pupils in lessons.
  • Pupils behave sensibly and are considerate towards each other and adults. Pupils are keen to learn and enjoy their lessons.
  • The curriculum provides an exciting range of activities which helps pupils develop and extend their basic skills. It also gives them many opportunities to develop individual talents, and contributes well to their good spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness.
  • Leadership is strong. Senior leaders have taken highly effective action to improve teaching and achievement. They have developed an enthusiastic and dedicated staff team, who share their ambition for the school.
  • Governors have a good understanding of the school. They have helped to drive improvement through the challenging questions they ask. The school is well-placed to improve further.

It is not yet an outstanding school because:

  • Teaching is not yet outstanding and the best practice seen is not consistent across the school.
  • Not enough pupils reach levels above those expected for their age.
  • Although pupils’ progress in mathematics is accelerating, pupils do not do as well in mathematics as in English at the end of Key Stage 2.

 

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