Raising standards at Henry Hinde Junior School since late Ofsted

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A school in Bilton has made encouraging improvements since its last Ofsted inspection.

Henry Hinde Junior School was graded as ‘requires improvement’ after it was first assessed in June.

But a follow up visit last month has found senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the highlighted areas requiring improvement.

Headteacher Alasdair Black said: “I was very pleased that HMI acknowledged the sense of urgency with which our Senior Leadership Team are approaching school improvement and raising standards at Henry Hinde Junior School.

“Despite the relatively short time between our latest Ofsted inspection, at the end of June, and the HMI monitoring visit on September 20, the inspector recognised that we are making good progress in all of the key areas identified in the inspection.

“This is due to the hard work and dedication of all of the staff at the school who are committed to giving our pupils the best possible education and support.”

The report said pupils achieved well and left school with standards which are, usually, above average in 
reading, writing and mathematics.

Since the inspection, a new teacher has been appointed and two new learning assistants.

It will become an academy next spring. The move will give the school more say over what it teaches and how its money is spent.

Mr Black said: “This will benefit all of our pupils and give them further opportunities to achieve well academically and socially.”

It said: “The teaching of reading is a particular strength and more pupils are reaching the higher levels.”

Meanwhile Brownsover Community School has been graded as a good school by Ofsted inspectors.

Headteacher Elisa Basnett said: “I am delighted with our inspection outcome which recognises the hard work and commitment from all staff and governors.

“As a learning focused school, we are all looking forward to embracing the recommendations made as we now strive towards outstanding.”

The report said teaching of reading is a particular strength and more pupils are reaching the higher levels.

Lessons are interesting and all adults provide high-quality care and support.