School told to improve after period of 'intense challenge'

October 02 2018
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THE TYNINGS primary in Staple Hill is a school moving forward, despite being told it requires improvement by government education watchdog Ofsted.

That's according to head teacher Lois Haydon, who has assured parents and the community that the school has many strengths and staff are working hard towards making improvements.

Inspectors visited the 400-pupil school back in July and have just released their report, which says it requires improvement in three out of five categories - leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment and outcomes for pupils.

The school was judged to be good in two categories - personal development, behaviour and welfare, and early years provision.

Inspectors say the quality of teaching is not consistently good, which means fewer pupils reached the expected standards by the end of Year 6.

Teachers' expectations of pupils' work across the curriculum are too low and boys do not make good progress, particularly in writing, the report said. But the inspectors found many strengths, including pupil behaviour, attendance and challenges for more able pupils.

They said work to improve the school was already underway, adding: "Leaders, including governors, accurately understand the school's effectiveness. Although it is not yet consistently good, leaders' and governors' actions are steadily improving the quality of teaching."

The report made reference to offences committed at the school which led to then head teacher Ashley Yates being jailed in 2016 for voyeurism and making indecent images of children.

But the inspectors made it clear that safeguarding arrangements at the school are robust and training in this field is regular and up-to-date.

The report said: "A serious incident that occurred at the school since the last inspection has been investigated by the appropriate authorities and is now closed. The school’s provision for the welfare of pupils and the effectiveness of its work to keep pupils safe has been inspected against the regulations currently in place. 

"Leaders appointed since the last inspection have guided the school skilfully through a period of intense challenge."

Mrs Haydon said: "We acknowledge we are a school requiring improvements, but it is good the latest Ofsted report also positively recognises the way we are already moving forward and have taken action. 

"I am pleased the report notes we have high aspirations and that we know clearly what the school needs to do to improve further. It is also important the strengths of the school have been highlighted, particularly the good behaviour of our children."