Ofsted inspectors’ verdict on Rugby primary schools

Jubilee Celebrations were held recently at Hillmorton Primary School, Watts Lane, Rugby.
Jubilee Celebrations were held recently at Hillmorton Primary School, Watts Lane, Rugby.
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Inspectors have praised teachers and pupils for improvements at a school in Rugby.

Hillmorton Primary in Watts Lane is now described as ‘good’. At its previous inspection in 2010, it was rated only ‘satisfactory’ – the second-lowest on a four-point scale.

The school was visited by Ofsted on March 5 and 6. In their report, published last week, inspectors Doris Bell and Alwyne Jolly wrote: “The leadership team has improved teaching and learning since the previous inspection. As a result, attainment is rising and pupils achieve well.”

They were also impressed by the management of teachers, the way the school tackles underachievement, and the behaviour of its 200 pupils.

But the inspectors found there was not enough ‘outstanding’ teaching and that marking in maths was not helpful enough to pupils. Such shortcomings meant the school was not rated ‘outstanding’ - the highest possible rating.

Wolston Primary School was also rated ‘good’ by Ofsted – the same as when it was last inspected in 2010. Inspectors found the behaviour and safety of pupils to be ‘outstanding’ and that their attainment is consistently above average.

Only two factors prevented the school being rated outstanding – a lack of outstanding teaching and a lack of time for pupils to improve their work, meaning that “their progress slows and they do not achieve as well as they could.”

Visit ofsted.gov.uk for more information.