Rapid improvement for Barley Close
Published on: 03 Feb 2016
BARLEY Close Community Primary School is making rapid improvements following the arrival of new head teacher Jo Williams, an inspection report reveals.
The quality of teaching has got better and raised expectations are increasing pupils’ achievement, according to Her Majesty’s Inspector Jen Southall.
She was making her first monitoring visit since Ofsted rated the school as requiring improvement last June.
She said children were making better progress in writing and had a greater understanding of what they were learning and what they needed to do to improve.
Better behaviour was also noted and parents were said to welcome the “no nonsense” approach to making sure children behave well. However, Ms Southall said the school should provide more activities to reduce boredom at playtime and lunchtimes.
In her report she said Ms Williams had “set about improving the school with urgency and determination”.
“As headteacher you are passionate about the quality of education pupils receive. This is reflected in your high aspirations and unwavering ambition for all pupils to be successful. Staff share in your vision and describe you as an ‘inspiration’ and a ‘breath of fresh air’. However, you are fully aware that there is much work to be done.”