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Weston Hills Primary already raising standards after dip in Ofsted rating

Governors at Weston Hills Primary say they are already raising standards following a dip in the overall Ofsted rating from "good" to "requires improvement".

The education inspectorate also labelled the quality of education along with leadership and management as requires improvement.

But pupil behaviour and attitudes, personal development and early years provision were all good.

Ofsted has inspected Weston Hills Primary School
Ofsted has inspected Weston Hills Primary School

Among weaknesses highlighted by Ofsted were:

* Leaders have not ensured there is a coherent and sequential curriculum in all subjects

* Leaders have not established a consistent approach to teaching maths

* Leaders have not ensured there is a rigorous and sequential approach to teaching phonics

* While governors and leaders want pupils to be well prepared for the next stage of their learning, not all pupils achieve as well as they should

Ofsted - and the governors - says steps to improve the school are already in place.

The Ofsted report notes: "Leaders, including governors, have begun to be more ambitious for pupils. They have made sure that there is a clear plan in place to improve the school.

"Governors check that leaders identify what needs to improve and are organising changes that will make a difference.

A positive highlighted by Ofsted is that pupils feel safe "and there is always someone to talk to about any worries that they may have".

A statement from governors says: "The inspection was carried out under the new Ofsted framework, introduced on September 2 this year and is very different to the previous framework.

"We are very pleased to be judged as good in three out of the five areas: behaviour and attitudes, personal development and early years provision.

"There were so many positives in the report and we are delighted that OFSTED recognised the good work the school does to ensure children feel safe; teach children how to live, play and work together as a community; help the youngest children to settle into school; develop independence; offer new experiences within a broad curriculum; develop a love of reading and support children with special educational needs.

"Many aspects of the two areas identified as requires improvement were also good but some elements have not been fully embedded at this early point in the school year.

"These areas had already been identified in the school development plan and we are committed to continuing our journey for school improvement.

"We would like to assure our community that all governors and staff at Weston Hills School care deeply about the quality of education provided at Weston Hills and are committed to providing the very best primary education."

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