July 31 2014 Latest news:
Monday, April 28, 2014
A primary school has been praised for making significant improvements in a glowing Ofsted report.
Benwick Primary School has stepped up from being a “satisfactory” to a “good” school which has several outstanding features.
The inspector praised the quality of teaching and the behaviour of the pupils.
Lead inspector Ronald Hall said: “The school has improved since the previous inspection, due to good leadership and management. The governors are challenging and have a good knowledge of the school.
“Teaching across the school and achievement in reading, writing and mathematics are good. Pupils in Year 6 are on track to at least reach the national average in the assessment tests with many exceeding them.
“Behaviour has improved as lessons have become more fun and engaging. As a result pupils rightly feel that behaviour is good.
“All staff make sure the school is a safe and secure environment and as a result pupils feel very safe and that staff look after them well.”
The inspector was particularly impressed by the quality of mathematics teaching at the school, which has seen attainment rise sharply to above the national average.
He said: “This is due to particularly good teaching in this subject. Resources are plentiful and lessons engaging. For example, children in the reception class make outstanding progress in learning about doubling numbers.
“The activities were practical and fun and the children learnt quickly. Several even challenged the inspector to answer doubling questions quicker than they could.”
For the school to become “outstanding”, pupils need to improve their handwriting and presentation skills and the other adults who support pupils’ learning need to carry out their roles more effectively.