School’s vow after ‘satisfactory’ score

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A SCARBOROUGH school has vowed to continue to provide the “best quality education” for youngsters after an Ofsted report branded it “satisfactory”.

Northstead School was praised by inspectors for its high level of care and support for pupils, with teachers lauded for their leadership and learning methods.

Youngsters were also highlighted for their politeness and behaviour around school.

However, the report, produced after an assessment of 22 lessons, placed emphasis upon improved teaching of mathematics and an increase in progess of children between Year Three and Year Six.

Headteacher Stan Jackson said the school was committed to constant improvement and had the strong backing of parents.

He said: “We have already communicated to our families our continued commitment and determination to provide the best quality education and learning opportunities for all our children.

“We are confident that working together in partnership we will continue to build on the strengths of the school as identified in the report.

“We were delighted at the parents’ response, which was highly supportive of the school and its work, while pupils also commented how much they enjoy life in school.

“The inspectors recognised how polite and respectful the children are and that strong relationships provide a culture of good behaviour and safety, in which all our pupils are eager to learn and succeed.

The report said the school fell just short of its ‘good’ grading.

It said: “This a satisfactory school and creates high levels of pastoral care for all pupils.

“It also creates a harmonious climate in which all pupils support each other.

“It is not a good school because not all pupils achieve well, especially in mathematics, as a result of inconsistencies in teaching.

“Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage get off to a good start and make good progress.

“In Key Stage One, pupils continue to achieve well, reaching average standards by the end of Year Two.

“Progress across Year Three to Year Six slows and is uneven.

“Teaching is satisfactory and in best lessons, teachers use stimulating resources and real-life scenarios to motivate all pupils and foster their curiosity.”

The report set out three key areas, which inspectors identified as areas for improvement.

It added: “The school needs to raise standards and accelerate rates of progress, especially in maths across Key Stage Two.

“This should be done by providing consistently high-quality opportunities for pupils to apply mathematics skills in real-life contexts.

“It must ensure all teaching is consistently good or better across the school by ensuring all teachers assess regularly the progress of all pupils in lessons.

“The school must also focus more on the impact of teaching on the quality of pupils’ learning experiences and how they are supporting them.”