Ofsted: improvements must be made at St Oswald’s Primary School in Rugby

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Improvements need to be made at St Oswald’s Primary School in Rugby, according to its latest Ofsted report.

The overall mark of ‘requires improvement’ represents a decline for the school, which received an overall ‘good’ in its previous inspection.

Highlighted areas needing improvement include the achievement of pupils, quality of teaching and leadership and management.

Headteacher Hilary Lorimer said: “The senior leadership of the school recognised as accurate Ofsted’s conclusion that the school has some improvements to make.

“I feel the strengths they identified demonstrate our capacity to improve. Inspectors noted that pupils reach expected standards in English and maths by the time they leave the school, there is strong support for pupils with additional needs. The school has happy pupils who behave well, good attendance and some good teaching.

“The school leadership team recognises where we need to improve and we are committed to doing what it takes to raise pupil attainment.

“Upon joining the school in September I put in place an improvement plan which was commended by Ofsted. We are currently working closely with the local authority to continue to deliver against this and our action plan targets to report to Ofsted.

“Our first task is to work more closely with teachers to improve and hasten children’s progress. We will be giving children more practical work in mathematics and more opportunities to talk through their ideas.

“Teachers will make sure work is set at the right levels and that high expectations are explained to children. Marking of work will reflect this, so children know clearly what they have to do to improve.

“We will improve our monitoring, and school leaders and governors will be looking more closely at how effectively the new techniques are working with both teachers and teaching assistants.

“These are just some examples of how we will do more for our pupils.”

She added: “With on-going support from everyone in the school community, I am confident we can meet Ofsted’s standards to obtain a good outcome at our next inspection.”