Ofsted issues ‘inadequate’ grade to primary school

‘INADEQUATE’ is how Boston’s St Thomas’ CE Primary School has been rated after a damning report from education watchdog Ofsted.

The school, in Wyberton Low Road, has been put into ‘special measures’ after Ofsted rated its overall effectiveness and capacity for sustained improvement as ‘not of an acceptable standard’. This means the school will receive further visits by Ofsted inspectors until it improves.

The main findings of the report state the school has a ‘trend of underachievement’ and ‘is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education’.

It reads ‘insufficient improvement has been made since the previous inspection and key priorities have not been tackled’ and adds there are ‘serious concerns’ about pupil’s attainment in writing, being ‘well below the expectations for pupils’ ages’.

Teaching and management at the school attracted criticism from the inspectors: “Teachers do not consistently inform pupils of why their work is good or what they can do to improve it.

“The school’s senior leaders know there are inadequacies and, since September 2010, have worked to try and overcome these weaknesses. However, some staff have been very reluctant to change and have not accepted the good advice given.”

On a positive note, inspectors noted deaf pupils make good progress as a result of specially-targeted support, pupils feel safe and confident, and the school has ‘an above-average attendance’.

Helen Richardson, executive head teacher of the school and Wyberton Primary School, said: “With the new management team in place and with the support of the governing body, local authority and parents, we are confident the school can move forward and improve quickly.”

She added: “We recognise certain areas need to be addressed urgently and plans are already well underway to make rapid progress.”