Rugby primary schools shape up after Ofsted inspections

Parents will have the chance to ask questions at a briefing on November 5
Parents will have the chance to ask questions at a briefing on November 5

Two Rugby primary schools have been striving to make improvements after inspectors rated them as ‘inadequate’ and ‘requires improvement’ a few months ago.

St Oswald’s C of E Primary School, in Addison Road, was graded ‘inadequate’ after its latest Ofsted report but staff have implemented a ‘rapid improvement plan’ which the regulators say is “suitably focused on the main weaknesses”.

The inspectors said the school had “set clear milestones” and staff were monitoring activities.

Hilary Lorimer, headteacher at St Oswald’s, said: “The whole school community is behind me and I have a strong team of dedicated and hardworking staff.

“We are all committed to doing all we can to help pupils do better and the changes implemented so far are just the beginning.”

Oakfield Primary School, in Oakfield Road, ‘required improvement’ after its latest inspection but the school has made many changes since the report.

Referring to the attitudes of the staff and pupils, the report stated: “There is a palpable sense of ambition, both for how well pupils behave and for how well they will achieve”.

As a result of the changes, pupils’ behaviour and achievement has improved.

Gerry Crofts, who was appointed permanent headteacher of Oakfield Primary in July this year, said the school was now a different place.

“We have made huge improvements and pupil behaviour is spot on,” she said.

“All staff expect high standards across the board and they say it is a really great place to work.

“We will continue to progress and our aim is to be graded ‘outstanding’.

“I’m delighted with the school’s progress so far,” she added.

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