Wisbech school’s “outstanding leadership” is praised by Ofsted

 Ramnoth Junior School, Ramnoth Road, Wisbech. Good Ofsted. Picture: Steve Williams.

Ramnoth Junior School, Ramnoth Road, Wisbech. Good Ofsted. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Staff and pupils at Ramnoth Junior School in Wisbech have been celebrating after government inspectors rated them as good.

In an Ofsted report, published this week, the inspectors praised the school’s “outstanding leadership and management” and the “vastly improved quality of teaching, pupils’ achievement and behaviour” since it became an academy.

Teaching was rated good throughout the school and pupils of all abilities and backgrounds have greatly improved their achievement, particularly in the last year says the report.

The inspectors, who visited the school on June 17 and 18, said staff ensure that pupils who are new to speaking English make particularly rapid progress, so they can play a full part in school life.

Pupils were praised for their good behaviour and their attitudes to learning which has greatly improved.

Checking systems to monitor pupils’ progress are “very thorough and accurate”, which means teachers can quickly identify and address problems. Staff are also prompt in providing extra help to children who need it, so they don’t fall behind.

Attendance is also up, rising from very low to above average.

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The report said the school is not yet outstanding because some pupils struggle to get their ideas into writing fluently and confidently. And some teachers fail to ensure older pupils consistently use joined handwriting.

Sometimes pupils fail to sustain their usual high levels of engagement and interest in all lessons because teachers do not always make the work as interesting.

Marking of work is inconsistent and is not always clear enough to help pupils to improve. Not all teachers ensure that pupils have enacted on the advice given.

And finally occasionally adults do not check on pupils’ progress systematically in lessons, and so do not identify or address misunderstandings quickly enough.

These issues will need to be addressed in order for the academy to become ‘outstanding’ at the next inspection.