School is on the way up

Published on: 04 Aug 2014

A DOWNEND primary school is getting better after a period of instability, Ofsted inspectors say.

St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Primary School has been rated as requiring improvement in the latest report from the education watchdog following a visit in June.

But inspectors said the leadership of headteacher Julian Clements, who took up his post at the 283-pupil school in Boscombe Crescent in September 2013, and governors, was good.

“The headteacher has brought stability and sets high expectations for the school. Senior leaders have a clear understanding of where the school needs to improve. Thorough action plans focus strongly on raising pupils’ achievement and improving the quality of teaching,” Ofsted said.

The report found that teaching was improving and pupils' progress was quickening. Inspectors saw good teaching in some year groups but said it was not consistently good across the school.

“The well-balanced curriculum and extra activities foster pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well,” they said.

Links with the parish and cultural opportunities were praised.

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