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Basingstoke primary school told to improve by Ofsted
THE headteacher of a Basingstoke school is focusing on the positives and is confident the school can respond well to criticism by education watchdogs.
Ofsted inspectors have said Chalk Ridge Primary School, previously graded as “good” by the monitoring organisation, now “requires improvement” – a category which last year replaced that of “satisfactory”.
In July, a group of three inspectors spent two days at the school, looking at data on pupils’ progress, observing lessons and hearing samples of younger children reading.
They made recommendations for the school to “increase the proportion of good and better teaching”, “raise pupils’ attainment and accelerate their progress into writing” and “increase the effectiveness of leadership and governance”.
Inspectors found that the achievement of pupils, the quality of teaching, and the leadership and management of the school all require improvement.
The behaviour and safety of the pupils at the school, in Sullivan Road, Brighton Hill, was the only category rated as “good” by the inspectors.
However, the report also highlighted a number of strengths including a “positive ethos”, an “ambitious vision” and the fact that pupils are happy and well cared for at the school.
A parent survey also showed the school is well-thought of by those with children at the school.
Headteacher Donna Shave said: “The inspectors identified areas where we were already working hard to make further improvements.
“I am confident that we can get that done quickly, and I am grateful to the governors and the local authority for supporting us. “We have never been complacent and we will keep up our efforts to make the school better every day.”
Chair of governors Colin Davies said: “The inspectors said the governors are proud of the school, and they were right about that.
“It’s clear from the report that the parents and pupils feel the same way. We will all give the teachers our full support as they keep improving the school for the children.”
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