Rugby primary school told to shape up by inspectors

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Measures have been put in place at a Rugby school after an Ofsted report said improvement was needed in all areas apart from behaviour and safety of the pupils.

Staff at St Andrew’s Benn C of E Primary School said they will build on the findings.

Headteacher Abi Huggins said: “The inspectors were very impressed with the children and their excellent attitude to learning. They graded behaviour as good and said there were outstanding examples in the Foundation Stage.”

The report said staff changes and lengthy absences have disrupted teaching and learning, adversely affecting pupils’ achievement.

It said: “Teachers’ expectations of pupils’ capabilities for learning are not high enough for pupils to make sustained improvement. Pupils have insufficient opportunities to develop their writing and literacy skills across subjects.”

The officer reported that early years provision is not good: “Its leader is not based in these classes so is not directly available to children and staff.”

Miss Huggins said staff absences were ‘unavoidable’.

She said: “However, it was recognised that there are many areas of improvement and, most importantly, that our leadership team has correctly identified what we need to do next to move the school to Good.”

Leadership and governance were identified as strengths of the school; the governing body has significantly improved its skills and has an excellent working knowledge of the school.

Chair of Governors Alison Farnell said: “St Andrew’s Benn C of E school is the most diverse school community in Rugby, and we are on an upward journey of improvement.

“Parents told the inspectors how pleased they are with our school. Our staff work really hard, and we know there is still plenty more to do. But we anticipate that we will soon be judged to be a good school.”