School still requires improvement - Ofsted

March 31 2017

CHESTER Park Infant School remains in need of improvement, the watchdog Ofsted has said.

CHESTER Park Infant School remains in need of improvement, the watchdog Ofsted has said.
Inspectors visited the school in Lodge Causeway in February, two years after they judged it to require improvement in all areas.
Their latest report, which has been made under a tougher inspection framework, rates it as requiring improvement overall and in the categories of leadership and management, pupil outcomes, early years provision and quality of teaching and learning.
However, for personal development, behaviour and welfare, the school is now graded as good.
“Leaders set high expectations for behaviour. Pupils understand and rise to these expectations. Staff demonstrate strong care and support for pupils. In turn, pupils show respect and tolerance for each other and for adults,” the report said.
Inspectors also noted that parents were proud of the school and spoke highly of the care and guidance given to children.
But they said children did not make good enough progress in their learning or achieve the results they should.
“The quality of teaching is uneven across the school and is not yet typically good,” Ofsted reported.
“Improvement in the key areas identified at the last inspection has not happened as quickly as it should."
In particular, the most able children and those from disavantaged backgrounds were not doing as well as they ought, the report said.
The lead inspector Tonwen Empson acknowledged that the lengthy absence of the head teacher Susan Tyte and a large number of staff changes had inhibited efforts to ensure consistently good teaching across the school, which has 208 pupils aged four to seven.
Acting head teacher Madeleine Orr was praised in the report.
"The acting headteacher leads the school with confidence and drive. The newly formed staff team share her drive to improve and work effectively together.
"Morale is high and there is a noticeable determination to move teaching and learning forward. "
Miss Orr said staff understood the need to establish consistency across the school and were maintaining a clear focus on the areas for improvement.
"We are determined to become a good school," she said.
She was also pleased that Ofsted had highlighted some of the school's strengths and recognised the strong nurturing environment.
Ofsted commented positively on the "broad and interesting curriculum, which motivates pupils to learn about the world around them".
"Leaders ensure that pupils develop strong British values such as respect and tolerance. The diverse cultures within the school are widely celebrated. Pupils care for each other and look out for one another. Everyone is valued here," the report said.
Governors were also praised for their steadfast support for the school and for working with the local authority to secure the external support needed to enable the school to improve.