A Rugby school that inspectors said ‘requires improvement’ needs to make faster progress, according to education watchdog Ofsted.
A report written as a follow-up to the last inspection of St Andrew’s Benn Primary in November praises various aspects of the school.
While we have a wonderful, happy learning environment here, there are sometimes challenges that can put extra pressures on our dedicated and able staffAlison Farnell, chair of the governing body
But inspectors say that progress needs to be more rapid in order for the school to attain a ‘good’ rating.
The report states: “You have established clear expectations about how you will judge whether teaching is good enough and you give helpful advice to teachers to support them in meeting these standards.”
But it adds that more efficient methods of monitoring teaching and pupil progress are required to accelerate the improvement and the inspectorate is providing external support to help the management team achieve their goals.
Headteacher Abi Huggins said: “It was encouraging to be told that improvements have been made and that we are doing lots of the right things.
“This has renewed the determination of our whole staff to accelerate the progress we are making.”
The report also acknowledged ‘the governing body supports the team well and has taken steps to help achieve a stable level of staffing.”
Alison Farnell, chair of the governing body, said: “While we had hoped to achieve a ‘good’ rating at the last inspection, this monitoring report is encouraging because we are definitely on the right track. Now we just need to accelerate our progress.
“St Andrew’s Benn is probably the most diverse school community in Rugby. While we have a wonderful, happy learning environment here, there are sometimes challenges that can put extra pressures on our dedicated and able staff. But we are so nearly there.”
‘Good’ is the second-highest of Ofsted’s four possible ratings for schools.