“Rapidly improving” Murrow Primary Academy praised by Ofsted inspectors


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A school has been rated as “good” in all areas by Ofsted.

Murrow Primary Academy, which has a well above average number of disabled and special educational needs pupils, was described as “rapidly improving”. The school’s leadership, teaching and behaviour of pupils were praised.

Lead inspector Alison Cartlidge said: “Pupils behave well because members of staff are good role models and relationships across the academy are strong and supportive.

“Parents are pleased that their children come to this academy and are especially positive about how well their children are looked after.

“Teaching is good. Teachers explain clearly what pupils are to learn enabling them to get on with their work without fuss. Teachers are knowledgeable and ensure that pupils enjoy learning by providing interesting activities.

“Good use is made of teachers’ marking to show pupils what they do well and what they need to do next to improve.

“Achievement is good because pupils of all abilities make good progress across the academy in reading, writing and mathematics.

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“Children do well in the good early years provision, especially in reading and personal development.”

The school’s leaders, managers and governors have a “positive impact” on teaching and pupils’ achievement, the inspector said.

She added: “Leadership and management are good and consequently the academy is improving rapidly.

“There is a shared vision for the academy and a determination to provide the best possible education for all groups of pupils.

“Leaders are very thorough in their arrangements for keeping pupils safe and free from harm and parents agree.”

To become an “outstanding” school, the most gifted pupils need to be given more challenging work and steps taken so that pupils do as well in writing as they do in reading and mathematics.