Whittlesey school is now out of special measures but still has work to do, says Ofsted

New Road School in Whittlesey

New Road School in Whittlesey - Credit: Archant

A Whittlesey primary school has pulled itself out of special measures, but Ofsted inspectors say staff still have more work to do, to bring it up to scratch.

Early years provision is now good as is behaviour and welfare at New Road Primary School in Whittlesey.

But effectiveness of management, quality of teaching and pupil outcomes still “require improvement.” according to the latest report.

Head teacher Rob Litten said: “The curriculum is a strength of the school. Thoughtful and stimulating activities have been introduced which are having a positive impact on the progress pupils make.

“At the same time, we recognise that the outcomes in terms of results and the quality of teaching need to be consistently good and these are our priorities for the rest of the year.

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“We are delighted that the behaviour of the children was seen as a strength of the school and that the new governance arrangements are providing the rigour and challenge needed to keep driving the school forward.”

The 109 place school was inspected in December over two days.

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The setting was put into special measures in 2015 and a new trust was appointed to run the school in July 2016.

Duncan Ramsey, lead inspector, said: “The school has been through a considerable period of change. Significant changes have been made to improve the school at all levels but these have not yet had time to impact fully.

“There is still inconsistency in the quality of teaching currently and under achievement because of weak teaching historically.

“Standards are improving particularly in reading and writing, but not quickly enough in mathematics.

“The head teacher has managed the recent turbulence in staffing well and has put in place a strong leadership team supported effectively by high quality staff development programmes.”

He added that staff know pupils and their families well and the school is a welcoming place with a good understanding of the challenges many face within the local community.

In addition, class behaviour is good and additional funding for disadvantaged students is used well, Mr Ramsey said.

“A strength of the school is the welcome given to new pupils who transfer in from other schools or countries,” he added.

New Road Primary School is part of Aspire Learning Trust.

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